Recopilado por Carlos Cabrera Lozada. Miembro Correspondiente Nacional, ANM puesto 16. ORCID: 0000-0002-3133-5183. 25/05/2023
More than half a billion people around the world continue to be affected by cardiovascular diseases, which accounted for 20.5 million deaths in 20211– close to a third of all deaths globally and an overall increase in the estimated 121 million CVD deaths. Up to 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes can be prevented. The world has the tools and knowledge to mitigate harms to cardiovascular health, particularly with the advances in cardiovascular medicine in the last 50 years. But too often the tools that can help diagnose, prevent, and treat CVDs are not benefitting the communities who need them most. Around 4 in every 5 CVD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and progress in cardiovascular health is increasingly concentrated in High-Income countries – a glaring health inequity that must urgently be addressed.