Heart diseases to attack 20% of Vietnam’s population by 2017

(VOV) - Twenty percent of Vietnam’s population might contract cardiovascular diseases by 2017, particularly younger people.

The forecast was made by the Vietnam National Heart Association (VNHA) in a conference held in Danang central city on October 12.

The conference draws the participation of 2,000 representatives of ministries, agencies, localities, and 60 pharmaceutical firms and 100 leading medical doctors, professors and experts from Vietnam and the world.

According to the World Health Organization, heart diseases are now a burden to the world society with a high death rate of 17.5 million every year.

Participants listened to nearly 100 papers presented by leading international and Vietnamese experts with information on heart diseases and new medical treatments.

Dr. Pham Manh Hung, General Secretary of the VNHA said currently 25% of people over 25 years old in Vietnam have hypertension while many fail to take good care of their health.

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