Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World: A Critical Challenge to Achieve Global Health

Editors: Valentin Fuster and Bridget B. Kelly
Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease: Meeting the Challenges in Developing Countries; Institute of Medicine, 2010

484 pp. 5.4 MB

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), once thought to be confined primarily to industrialized nations, has emerged as a major health threat in developing countries. In this report, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), development agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and governments work toward two essential goals: (1) creating environments that promote heart healthy lifestyle choices and help reduce the risk of chronic diseases; (2)  building public health infrastructure and health systems with the capacity to implement programs that will effectively detect and reduce risk and manage CVD.

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