UW Announces New Global Cardiovascular Health Program, Inaugural Director

The University of Washington Department of Global Health (DGH) and Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine announced the formation of a new joint Global Cardiovascular Health Program (GCHP) dedicated to global cardiovascular disease prevention and care.

Dr. Chris Longenecker will serve as the inaugural program director, beginning November 1, 2021. He will hold faculty appointments in both global health and cardiology.

New Scientific Study: No Safe Level of Alcohol

By IHME

A new scientific study concludes there is no safe level of drinking alcohol.

The study, published today in the international medical journal The Lancet, shows that in 2016, nearly 3 million deaths globally were attributed to alcohol use, including 12 percent of deaths in males between the ages of 15 and 49.

How Fetal Infections Lead to Adult Heart Disease

By Leila Gray / UW Medicine

Recent studies indicate that infants born prematurely have a higher risk of developing heart disease later in life. Now, researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle have shown that, in preterm animal models, inflammation due to infection can disrupt the activity of genes crucial for normal heart development.

Counsel Heal: How Will You Die? Odds Are It'll Be Cardiovascular Disease

By Dan Franck

A recent report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology states that one-third of all deaths worldwide are from cardiovascular disease (CVD). In 2015 alone, 18 million people died of heart and vascular disease.

Dr. Gregory Roth, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington calls it "an alarming threat to global health."

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Science Daily: Cardiovascular Disease Causes One-third of Deaths Worldwide

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) - including heart diseases and stroke - account for one-third of deaths throughout the world, posing an alarming threat to global health, according to a new study. 

Countries with the greatest number of cardiovascular deaths, after accounting for population size, are found throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Oceania, researchers said. 

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US News & World Report: Could Fruits and Veggies Save Hearts Worldwide?

By Robert Preidt

Getting people worldwide to eat more fruits and vegetables could significantly reduce disability and premature death from heart disease, researchers report.

For the study, investigators analyzed data and previous studies to determine how fruit and vegetable consumption affected the number of "heart disease-related disability-adjusted life years" (DALYs) -- healthy years lost to disability or death -- in 195 countries. Each DALY is one lost year of healthy life.