September 29 marks World Heart Day - a day that the global health community should take to heart. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. More than 17.3 million people died due to heart disease in 2013, the latest data available. What's worse, the number of CVD deaths is increasing, especially in underdeveloped regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Over eighty percent of CVD deaths occur in low-and middle income countries, and heart disease and stroke are among the top three causes of years of life lost due to premature orality globally.
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