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Published on : Jun 26, 2015

The American Heart Association and the People’s Republic of China have entered into an agreement which could lead to better knowledge about heart diseases which can be further shared with health care workers all over the world.

The agreement encompasses training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the preliminary treatment which ordinary citizens can provide to someone having heart attack. Also included in the agreement are exchange of doctors, scientists, and public health specialists that will work along with their peers in China and in the U.S. 

In China, the need for quality healthcare is enormous. Stroke is the number one reason for death which is followed by heart attack, as commented by former president of World Heart Foundation.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases that includes stroke and heart disease is ranked as the top reason for death globally and more deaths happen worldwide due to the cardiovascular diseases than any other health condition. 

Till date, as much 17 million people die every year due to cardiovascular diseases, with the number expected to rise in coming years. WHO forecasts that by 2030, stroke or heart disease will be the cause for 23 million people deaths worldwide.

More than 75% of cardiovascular diseases deaths are registered in low and middle income countries, as there is inadequate healthcare infrastructure and people in these countries do not have access to preventive healthcare, early diagnosis or quality treatment,

As per the former president, partnership between China and the Heart Association will be beneficial for all countries.

In the United States, in the last 10 years, there has been 30% drop in deaths due to heart attacks, 16% drop in deaths due to congestive heart failure, and 5% drop in deaths happening due to stroke.

According to the American Heart Association, if CPR is given immediately after heart attack doubles or triples chances of survival.