Best Doctors: A focus on CVDs and World Heart Day

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This coming 29th of September communities around the world will come together to celebrate World Heart Day. This international health day began in 2012 when world leaders united in a global effort to reduce mortality caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) of which cardiovascular disease (CVD) account for almost half of deaths, making CVD the world’s number one killer.

The World Health Federation highlights that CVD is the world’s leading cause of death, affecting 17.5 million people a year[1]. This represents for one third of all annual deaths on the planet.

“Heart health is at the heart of all health”World Heart Federation

80% of deaths caused by CVD occur in areas of the world with low or medium incomes[2] that do not have the financial resources to raise awareness about heart health or the medical means to handle the CVD burden in their population.

The Best Doctors team strives to also contribute to helping individuals learn about lifestyle choices and the major impact they can have on cardiovascular health. Some include not smoking, limited alcohol intake, practicing sport, being aware and conscious of avoidable stress, and of course, a balanced, healthy diet.

Prevention is extraordinarily important, but for those that a cardiovascular disease becomes a medical reality, it is of the utmost importance to obtain a correct diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible in order to ensure the highest chance of recovery.

Best Doctors’ global database of experts handles thousands of cases a year, many of which are specifically related to CVDs. 13% of cardiology cases handled by Best Doctors result in a change of diagnosis[3] and 33% result in a change of treatment.[4]

Everyday our team works to help members around the world obtain medical peace of mind by providing an in-depth second opinion about their case. Our experts are hand-picked for each case based on their extensive experience in their field and thus provide international insight and expertise to each case and help patient’s pave their treatment plan.

From Best Doctors we invite you to visit www.worldheartday.org to learn more about how to keep your heart healthy and get involved in helping others learn more about CVD.

“Together we have the power to reduce the burden of, and premature deaths from, CVD, helping people everywhere to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives.” – World Heart Federation

 

[1] www.worldheartday.org

[2] www.worldheartday.org

[3] EMEAA Region Data Updated EOY 2016

[4] EMEAA Region Data Updated EOY 2016

 

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