WCC 2016 Opening Ceremony
WCC 2016 Opening Ceremony

President Tabare Vazquez of Uruguay recognised with an award – Political Advocacy for Global Health – for his outstanding contribution to tobacco control and prevention of tobacco related diseases

WCC 2016 Opening Ceremony
WCC 2016 Opening Ceremony

In Mexico City yesterday evening (4 June 2016), researchers, cardiologists, policymakers and health leaders from around the world came together to mark the beginning of the World Heart Federation’s World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health. Over the course of WCC 2016, leading figures in cardiovascular health will share ground-breaking research, new technological advances and practical examples of how interventions from around the world can be implemented in various settings to save lives.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) such as heart attack and stroke are the leading cause of death globally, responsible for over 17.5 million deaths each year worldwide.[1] However, the majority of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable. The World Heart Federation (WHF) is working with its members and partners to build global commitment to address cardiovascular health and reduce the number of premature deaths.

Among the priorities for WCC 2016 is a focus on reducing global inequalities. Currently, 80% of CVD deaths occur in low and middle income countries.[2] Dr Salim Yusuf, President of the World Heart Federation, said: “Despite the numerous medical advances the cardiovascular community has made in recent years, the epidemic of CVD globally has spread and the burden has shifted to the non-Western countries. We now have the knowledge to prevent 80% of heart attacks and strokes; we must use this knowledge to ensure that CVD is reduced across the globe and not just in countries that are more economically developed.”

Also at the opening ceremony, President Tabare Vazquez of Uruguay was honoured with a special award from The World Heart Federation for his outstanding contribution to tobacco control in Uruguay.

Concluding his opening address, Dr Yusuf issued a strong call to action: “Let us be the generation of dreamers who will make premature CVD a matter of history.”


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