Together we can expose the realities of ASCVD
and secure a longer and better
quality of life for those affected.
300 million of us
are living with ASCVD2
15 million of us
die each year1
80% of premature
could be prevented5
In contrast to its significant prevalence, ASCVD remains a health challenge that continues to be hidden in plain sight.
An Invisible Nation is quietly growing.
ASCVD: Threatening and too often overlooked
There are many factors that may contribute to ASCVD including family history (genetics), smoking, obesity, physical activity, diet, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes1. Almost 40% of the adult population is at risk of ASCVD and are too often undiagnosed until a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, occurs3.
Why now? Because we must make a difference
Despite its significant prevalence, ASCVD remains a health challenge that is hidden in plain sight. We need to elevate ASCVD as the critical global public health issue that it is, the Invisible Nation community is currently invisible, but not unidentifiable and is at risk.
What to Know
What to Know
What to Know
Mobilizing for Change
We can activate change together through conversations, education and awareness.
We aim to provide a better understanding of ASCVD, a disease that affects us all deserves urgent attention on a global scale. By providing the information and evidence needed to have meaningful conversations with local authorities and healthcare systems, we can make the burden of this unseen disease, seen. Check out our Q&A for more information.
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- World Health Organization (WHO). Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cardiovascular-diseases-(cvds). [Last accessed August 2021].
- Roth GA, Mensah GA, Johnson CO, et al. Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases and Risk Factors, 1990-2019: Update from the GBD 2019 Study [published correction appears in J Am Coll Cardiol. 2021 Apr 20;77(15):1958-1959]. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020;76(25):2982-3021.
- World Health Organization WHO. Global Atlas on cardiovascular disease prevention and control. 2011. Available at: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241564373. [Last accessed August 2021].
- Barquera S, Pedroza-Tobías A, Medina C, et al. Global Overview of the Epidemiology of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease. Arch Med Res. 2015;46(5):328-338.
- World Health Organization (WHO). Cardiovascular diseases – Data and statistics. https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/cardiovascular-diseases/data-and-statistics. [Last accessed August 2021].
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