Heart disease is the world’s deadliest non-communicable disease (NCD) and hypertension is its leading risk factor. Every year, over 10 million lives are lost to this ‘silent killer’, so called due to its lack of symptoms.
Sadly, the number of deaths caused by NCDs continues to grow. This rising burden particularly affects low- and middle-income countries, where many healthcare systems are overstretched and often primarily set-up to treat infectious diseases.
Novartis Foundation programs around the world are partnering with low-income communities to improve heart health by bringing care closer to where people live, work, shop, study and play.