Cardiovascular disease in Africa: Why should we care?

The Cardiac Circuit

Happy Monday!! This post is to get us all thinking about why cardiovascular disease is actually an issue that needs to be addressed. Quite understandably, there are probably more than a few of us who don’t care and who may not care unless the issue hits close to home or worse still hits us personally. We sure hope this won’t be the case so without further ado, let us jump into it.

In 2012, the World Health Organization published data showing that, 17.5 million people had died from cardiovascular disease-related causes that year. Presently , cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of four leading non-infectious diseases. The others are diabetes, cancer and respiratory diseases. Together, these diseases accounted for 68% of global deaths (46% of this was due to CVD) in 2012 of which  75%  occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Unfortunately, most of the countries in Africa are among such…

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