Wednesday, September 14, 2011

[EQ] Priorities for cardiovascular health in the Americas

Priorities for cardiovascular health in the Americas
Key Messages for Policy Makers

Pan American Health Organization Regional office of the World Health Organization PAHO/WHO

Editors: Pedro Ordúñez García and Carlos Campillo Artero - September 2011

Available online as PDF file [88p.] at:



Also in Spanish:

Prioridades para la Salud Cardiovascular en las Américas
- Mensajes claves para los decisores


“….This document summarizes cardiovascular health priorities, it is the result of a far-reaching consultation process focused on prevention at the population level, integrated risk and disease control, and health services organization.
The priorities were grouped around the Regional Strategy’s four lines of action:
a) public policy and advocacy,
b) surveillance,
c) health promotion and disease prevention, and
d) integrated control of chronic diseases and risk factors.



I Public policy and advocacy Multisectoral action and social determinants

  Universal coverage and equitable access to health services

  Integration and sustainability of interventions

II Surveillance> Integration of information systems

 Mortality records and risk factor surveillance

 Health services performance and economic assessments


 Technical capacity

III Health promotion and disease prevention

Salt intake

Healthy diet

Physical activity


IV Integrated control of chronic diseases and their risk factors
Competencies of health personnel

Primary care, population risk stratification, and integrated health services networks

Chronic care model

Hypertension and individual total cardiovascular disease risk

Quality and efficiency of clinical services

Acute coronary syndrome and stroke

Bibliography    Consultation participants -   Summary of priorities



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