Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world and in most of the countries of the Region of the Americas, where cause 1.6 million deaths a year, 30% of them premature in people aged 30 to 69 years, points out the WHO.
As a necessary strategy to reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, WHO will seek to promote conditions that facilitate access to healthier environments. About the World Heart Day that is celebrated on September 29th.
A large proportion of these deaths could be prevented with a healthy diet that reduces salt intake, with physical exercise, and avoiding tobacco use.
The WHO This year it will seek to promote and facilitate these healthy lifestyles by facilitating access to fresh and natural food, safe environments for physical activity and where a life free of tobacco smoke is promoted.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recognizes the importance of working to promote effective policies to reduce salt intake, promote physical activity and continue to advance in the prevention and control of smoking.
These are some of the measures promoted by the regional Action Plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
Reducing mortality from cardiovascular diseases is essential to achieve a 25% reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2025, according to the commitment made in the Global Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.
As part of this effort, the OPS / OMS have developed a virtual course for health professionals, with the aim of improving the control and prevention of hypertension from primary care and an application for mobile devices that helps to estimate cardiovascular risk.
Link for online course
With information from the World Health Organization