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'International action needed' on heart disease

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International communities need to club together in order to tackle the increasing rates of cardiovascular disease in developing nations, according to a new report.

Carried out by the Institute of Medicine, the report revealed that more than 80 per cent of deaths related to cardiovascular disease worldwide occur in low and middle-income countries.

The report's authors urged public groups and private industry to collaborate on "strategies to reduce people's consumption of salt, sugar, saturated fats and trans fats", which are all known contributors to heart disease.

"Leaders in the field of cardiovascular health need to think and act more globally, and it is also incumbent upon the global health and development community to do more to confront cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases," said Valentine Fustur, director of the heart department at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

The report suggested that policymakers in each country needs to look at the risk factors particular to that nation in order to reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disease worldwide.

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Heart surgery news : 23 March 2010