Global authorities in the field of cardiovascular medicine have created a free, special publication produced in collaboration with Scientific American Custom Media. Called Promoting Cardiovascular Health Worldwide, this magazine focuses on the growing worldwide epidemic of cardiovascular diseases and offers solutions to improve the promotion of cardiovascular health and prevention of cardiovascular diseases globally, according to a news release announcing the special issue.
The issue, which can be downloaded free, shares the perspectives of leading international cardiac experts building upon the 12 important recommendations issued by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in its 2010 special report, Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World. The special issue explores the existing and growing global epidemic of cardiovascular diseases and outlines solutions defining ways to continue to make progress on the IOMs 12 recommendations. It also highlights 12 corresponding key examples of successful global programs having a true effect on improving cardiovascular health in communities around the world.
In many corners of todays world, the measure of peoples overall health is increasingly being defined by their cardiovascular health, especially their blood pressure, Tom Kenyon, MD, MPH, director, CDCs Center for Global Health, said in the release.
Yet in too many places, the news is simply unacceptable.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death across the globe with more than 80% of mortality now occurring in low- and middle-income countries, according to the release. Heart attack, strokes, diabetes and other cardiovascularrelated diseases are affecting people across the globe in the higher-income communities of the United States and Europe along with the lower-income small, rural towns and villages of South America and Africa. The epidemic is being fueled by genetics, lifestyle choices, other illnesses, uncontrolled high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes and unhealthy diets high in fat and salt, along with sedentary lifestyles and tobacco use, according to the release.
A special presentation of the magazine by Scientific American took place June 27 at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III in Madrid. A free copy of the magazine can be downloaded at www.scientificamerican.com/products/cardiovascular-health.