Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality worldwide, with more than 80% of CVD deaths
occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). There have been several calls for action to address the
global burden of CVD, but there remains insufficient investment in and implementation of CVD prevention and
disease management efforts in LMICs.
To catalyze the action needed to control global CVD, the Institute of Medicine recently produced a report, Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World: A Critical Challenge to Achieve Global Health. This paper presents a commentary of the Institute of Medicine’s report, focusing specifically on the intersectoral nature of intervention approaches required to promote global cardiovascular health. We describe 3 primary domains of intervention to control global CVD: 1) policy approaches; 2) health communication programs; and 3) healthcare delivery interventions.
To learn more, please read the Special Report: Global Cardiovascular Health - Urgent Need for an Intersectoral Approach