A Global Perspective on Cardiovascular Disease in Vulnerable Populations

Karen Yeates, Lynne Lohfeld, Jessica Sleeth, Fernando Morales, Yogesh Rajkotia, Olugbenga Ogedegbe

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major contributor to the growing public health epidemic in chronic diseases. Much of the disease and disability burden from CVDs are in people younger than the age of 70 years in low- and middle-income countries, formerly "the developing world." The risk of CVD is heavily influenced by environmental conditions and lifestyle variables. In this article we review the scope of the CVD problem in low- and middle-income countries, including economic factors, risk factors, at-risk groups, and explanatory frameworks that hypothesize the multifactorial drivers. Finally, we discuss current and potential interventions to reduce the burden of CVD in vulnerable populations including research needed to evaluate and implement promising solutions for those most at risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1081-1093
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Journal of Cardiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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