Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart attack, stroke and heart failure, is the leading cause of death in the world today, with an estimated 17.5 million deaths per year. On September 15, 2016, we hosted the Halving Global Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Rates symposium. The symposium highlighted the growing global burden of CVD and the powerful evidence generated from population-level surveys and studies in China, Cuba, India, Mexico, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The sessions explored tobacco use, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, main risk factors that have a direct impact on CVD morbidity and mortality.
Sir Richard Peto, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, provided the keynote address on primary and secondary prevention. The CDC Foundation presented its Hero Award to Sir Richard in recognition of his efforts to save countless lives worldwide by uncovering the root causes of CVD and cancer and bringing data to bear on public policies.
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