Cardiovascular disease is caused by disorders of the heart and blood vessels, and includes coronary heart disease (heart attacks), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), raised blood pressure (hypertension), peripheral artery disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and heart failure. The major causes of cardiovascular disease are tobacco use, physical inactivity, an unhealthy diet and harmful use of alcohol.
WHO Programme and activities
- Prevention of cardiovascular disease: Guideline for assessment and management of cardiovascular risk
- Prevention of recurrent heart attacks and strokes in low and middle income populations