According to the GBD, ischemic heart disease is one of the biggest causes of morbidity and mortality across the world (Murray 2013). Annually, there are over 17 million deaths due to cardiovascular disease worldwide, of which 9.4 million are attributed to raised blood pressure (WHO 2013). Complications of raised blood pressure account for 45% of all heart disease deaths and 51% of all stroke related deaths (WHO 2013). Blood pressure has a continuous relationship with the incidence of stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure, peripheral artery disease, and end stage renal disease. Trials show that lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of subsequent cardiovascular events (WHO 2007), including a 35-40% reduction in the risk of stroke and a 20-25% reduction in the risk of myocardial infarction (Collins et al., 1994, BPLTTC 2003; Law, 2009).
The WHF Roadmap for Reducing Cardiovascular Mortality through Prevention and Management of Raised Blood Pressure identifies roadblocks and suggests potential solutions to improve cardiovascular health and help reach 25 by 25.
This WHF Roadmap has been written by seven experts from around the world: Alma J. Adler, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Pascal Bovet, Dhruv S. Kazi, Giuseppe Mancia, Vash Mungal-Singh and Neil Poulter.
A Roadmap is a framework to identify roadblocks and suggest potential solutions on the way to 25 by 25. Global Roadmaps have been developed by worldwide experts to detect the problems and offer solutions on specific topics impacting cardiovascular mortality.
This Roadmap was launched on 8th May 2015 at the WHO World Health Assembly, and published in the Global Heart Journal.
You can download the full Roadmap article published in Global Heart, or explore the roadblocks and solutions on our interactive Roadmap below.Download this roadmap