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Global cardiology leaders meet in Dubai
Date:4/13/2012

Sophia Antipolis, 13 April 2012: European Society of Cardiology (ESC) leaders will be present at the World Congress of Cardiology (WCC) in Dubai to help raise awareness of the global burden of cardiovascular disease. CVD remains the main cause of death in the world even though most cardiac events could be prevented. As a member of the NCD Alliance , the ESC is pushing for a number of targets such as 80% coverage of multidrug therapy for people at risk of heart attack or stroke; targets on all major risk factors including exercise, smoking, salt, blood pressure, alcohol, and obesity; and a target to reduce preventable deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025. The World Congress of Cardiology is organised by the World Heart Federation (WHF) .

World Health Organization (WHO) targets for non-communicable diseases -including cardiovascular disease- are set to be a hot topic for debate. The ESC has been working with European Union policy makers and national policy makers, with the help of national cardiac societies, to raise awareness of the targets and push governments for action.

Leaders from the ESC, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and World Heart Federation (WHF) will meet to discuss the targets and other pressing global issues in cardiovascular disease.

Professor Panos Vardas (Greece), President Elect of the ESC, says the meeting "will be a step further in the global fight against cardiovascular disease". He adds: "I am going to the WCC in Dubai because this important scientific meeting, with participants coming from all over the world, will provide the ESC with a fresh opportunity to contact delegates from Asian, Latin American and African countries where we are hoping to expand our activities. As CVD increases world-wide, so does demand for the ESC's scientific knowledge."

A large leadership delegation from the ESC will attend the Congress, including Professor Michel Komajda (Fran
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Contact: ESC Press Office
press@escardio.org
33-049-294-8627
European Society of Cardiology
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