Cardiovascular disease

Avoiding heart attacks and strokes

Don't be a victim, protect yourself


Cardiovascular diseases are killing more and more people around the world, striking rich and poor alike. Those who survive a heart attack or stroke often need to take long-term medical treatment. If you have ever had a heart attack or stroke, or had to care for someone who has, you will know that these diseases can seriously affect the life of both the patient and his or her family. The effects can even reach beyond the family to the community.

Yet so many heart attacks and strokes could be prevented. That is why you should read this booklet. It explains why heart attacks and strokes happen and how you can avoid them. It tells you what you should do to avoid becoming a victim. This publication is available for free download, hard copies can be ordered from WHO Press.