About the CVD World Monitor

The CVD World Monitor has been created by the World Heart Federation to provide an interactive visualization of available cardiovascular disease (CVD) data across the globe.

This interactive tool tracks global progress to achieving the 25by25 goal: a 25% reduction in premature mortality caused by CVD by 2025. To do this, the Monitor focuses on eight of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan (GAP) Targets.

In addition to the WHO GAP Targets, and in order to provide a wider view of CVD in the world, the Monitor will incorporate additional health indicators and data, case studies and anecdotal country examples. These will be developed to make the Monitor a living tool that everyone from policy makers and Ministries of Health, to civil society and the general public, can use to understand, and join the fight against, CVD.

Created by the World Heart Federation

The CVD World Monitor has been developed by the World Heart Federation in support of World Heart Day, and in partnership with our global sponsors, Manulife and Philips.

CVD is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year: a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable-disease-related deaths. Around 80% of these deaths are in low- and middle-income countries where human and financial resources are least able to address the CVD burden.

World Heart Day plays a crucial role in changing all of this. Created by the World Heart Federation in 2000, it is a vital global platform that we, our 200+ members and supporters around the world use to raise awareness and encourage individuals, families, communities and governments to take action to reduce the burden of, and premature deaths from, CVD. Together we aim to help people everywhere to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives.

Calling on governments to strengthen monitoring and surveillance of cardiovascular health

From World Heart Day 2016, we are asking global governments and policy makers to answer our call to implement reliable and fit for purpose surveillance and monitoring systems for CVD in order to better prevent, treat and control the world's biggest killer.

The need for reliable data around CVD has never been greater. CVD remains the number one cause of global deaths and places a high economic burden on countries. By implementing the policy call and committing to reliable data collection, we have a real opportunity to provide the evidence that will lead to the formulation of accurate policy and legislation to tackle CVD.

The CVD World Monitor supports this by highlighting the available data and, importantly, the gaps in data collection. As and when new data becomes available for the WHO GAP Targets it will be added to the Monitor, as will any new indicators that we feel complement the global CVD picture.

If you have any data you would like to be considered for inclusion, or require any further information about the CVD World Monitor, please contact us.


Thank you to the World Health Organization for supplying data to assist with the building of this CVD World Monitor.