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Thursday, September 29 2022 - 08:01
Climate Change And Health Inequity A Deadly Mix For The Most Vulnerable: World Heart Federation
GENEVA, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/

On World Heart Day, the World Heart Federation (WHF) is calling for urgent 
action on climate change and health inequity, saying millions more lives are 
now at risk from cardiovascular disease, which is still the world's biggest 

Climate change and air pollution are responsible for 25% of deaths from 
cardiovascular disease, killing 7 million people annually.[1] These deaths and 
the wider impacts of climate change disproportionately affect vulnerable 

Professor Fausto Pinto, President of WHF: "Millions of already vulnerable 
people are doubly exposed to extreme weather events and limited access to 
healthcare. World leaders must step up efforts on the two biggest threats of 
our time: climate change and global health inequity."

Alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO), WHF is calling on governments, 
civil society, and global industry to meet net-zero targets, to tackle global 
warming and curb air pollution, and to deliver healthcare access for all.

"Climate change is not about polar bears or icebergs anymore. It's about 
people's health, especially poor people's health. We need to reduce emissions 
in the name of health otherwise we will see more and more disasters and more 
suffering everywhere," says Dr Maria Neira, Director of Department of 
Environment, Climate Change and Health at WHO.

A recent global survey by WHF[2] revealed that people perceive social 
inequality and access to healthcare as the second most serious issue for 
cardiovascular, with health and climate change and air pollution ranked third. 
80% of respondents highlighted government action as essential to reducing the 
burden of CVD.

WHF is also urging healthcare providers to issue regular reminders to at-risk 
groups about the dangers of extreme weather events, including tips on managing 
excessive heat events.

"We know what works in prevention and in treatment of the world's biggest 
killer. It is time for scaled up implementation and shared responsibility." 
Prof. Pinto adds.

About World Heart Day 2022
Everyone is encouraged to get involved in World Heart Day and to learn more 
about better heart health. For more information about World Heart Day, visit
Join the conversation using the #UseHeart hashtag and post builder 

Notes to Editors
1.  Media Contact: Borjana Pervan, Strategy and Communication Director, World 
Heart Federation, +41 22 807 03 23

2.  About Professor Fausto Pinto, President of WHF
Professor Fausto Pinto is the current President of the World Heart Federation 
and Past-President of European Society of Cardiology. He is currently the Dean 
of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal), and 
Full Professor of Cardiology. He is also the Head of the Cardiology Department 
and of the Heart and Vascular Department of Santa Maria University Hospital, 
CHULN E.P.E. Follow Professor Pinto on Twitter

3.  About World Heart Day
World Heart Day is celebrated each year on 29 September to raise awareness and 
mobilize international action against cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading 
cause of death on the planet. It is the global initiative under which 
individuals, governments and the entire heart community come together to engage 
in fun activities, increase public education, and advocate for universal access 
to CVD prevention, detection and treatment. For more information, visit

4.  About the World Heart Federation
The World Heart Federation (WHF) is an umbrella organisation representing the 
global cardiovascular community, uniting patient, medical, scientific, and 
civil society groups.  Together with its Members, WHF influences policies, 
shares knowledge and inspires behaviour change to achieve heart health for 
everyone. For more information, visit 

5.  About Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Alliance
The Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Alliance are driven to transform care for 
people with cardio-renal-metabolic conditions, a group of interconnected 
disorders that affect more than one billion people worldwide and are a leading 
cause of death.

The cardiovascular, renal and metabolic systems are interconnected, and share 
many of the same risk factors and pathological pathways along the disease 
continuum. Dysfunction in one system may accelerate the onset of others, 
resulting in progression of interconnected diseases such as type 2 diabetes, 
cardiovascular disease, heart failure, and kidney disease, which in turn leads 
to an increased risk of cardiovascular death. Conversely, improving the health 
of one system can lead to positive effects throughout the others.

This World Heart Day, they are proud to continue to support the World Heart 
Federation. Through their research and treatments, their goal is to support 
people's health, restoring the balance between the interconnected 
cardio-renal-metabolic systems and reducing their risk of serious 
complications. As part of their commitment to those whose health is jeopardized 
by cardio-renal-metabolic conditions, they will continue embracing a 
multidisciplinary approach towards care and focusing our resources on filling 
treatment gaps. 

6. About Servier
Servier is a global pharmaceutical group governed by a Foundation. Servier is 
an independent group that invests over 20% of its brand-name revenue in 
Research and Development every year. To accelerate therapeutic innovation for 
the benefit of patients, the Group is committed to open and collaborative 
innovation with academic partners, pharmaceutical groups, and biotech 
companies. It also integrates the patient's voice at the heart of its 

A leader in cardiology, the ambition of the Servier Group is to become a 
renowned and innovative player in oncology. Its growth is based on a sustained 
commitment to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, oncology, neuroscience and 
immuno-inflammatory diseases. To promote access to healthcare for all, the 
Servier Group also offers a range of quality generic drugs covering most 

As an official global partner for World Heart Day 2022, Servier's support helps 
raise awareness and encourages individuals, families, communities and 
governments to drive the CVD agenda and help people live longer, better, more 
heart-healthy lives. 


[2] In 2022, the World Heart Federation conducted a global pulse survey of 2500 
people across 25 countries.

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