WHO Pocket-Charts Will Predict Heart Attack, Stroke

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Heart Attack, Stroke

A new book of pocket-charts that will help health workers to identify people at risk of heart attacks and strokes and save lives by prescribing the most appropriate treatment is published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The charts can be adapted for use in any setting, in any country, with any patient.

The "Pocket Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risk" can be carried and used by any health care worker and is available in six languages. The guide contains easy-to-use charts that can predict the risk of a heart attack or a stroke and could help health workers to save and improve the lives of people in all countries.

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"This is a real breakthrough. Now, health care workers everywhere - whether they are in a high-tech medical center in a big city, or riding a bicycle to visit patients in the countryside - can use a simple assessment and treatment tool to prevent heart attacks and strokes," said the WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. "Primary health care workers now have a new tool to assess and manage people at risk of heart attacks and strokes. This brings cardiovascular care to the places and people who need it most."

This is the first cardiovascular disease risk-prediction system that can be used worldwide and is also specially designed for use with people everywhere, including in low-resource settings. It is an important innovation that will help health workers to target limited health care resources at people who are at higher risk of developing heart attacks and strokes.

These guidelines will be distributed to health workers in the form of pocket guides that have been produced for each of the WHO regions (risk profiles are different for different parts of the world).

"We are never prepared for the sudden death of a family member or a friend from a heart attack or stroke", said Dr Catherine Le Gal

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