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Global health and cardiovascular disease
  1. Bruno R Nascimento1,2,3,
  2. Luisa C C Brant1,
  3. Diego N Moraes1,
  4. Antonio L P Ribeiro1,3
  1. 1Serviço de Cardiologia e Cirurgia Cardiovascular – Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  2. 2Serviço de Hemodinâmica – Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  3. 3Departamento de Clínica Médica da Faculdade de Medicina – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Professor Antônio Luiz Pinho Ribeiro, Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Rua Campanha 98/101, Carmo, Belo Horizonte CEP, Minas Gerais 30310-770, Brazil; tom{at}hc.ufmg.br

Abstract

The modern definition of Global Health has expanded its scope beyond neglected diseases and low-income and underdeveloped countries. The current initiatives focus on improvement of health, reduction of disparities and protection against global threats, seeking for interaction with health practices, policies and systems. There has been a growing interest on Global Health research, given the epidemiological transition currently underway in low and mid-income countries and the increasing epidemiological importance of cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases, to the detriment of infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies. Various aspects—formerly neglected—of these diseases, such as epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis and therapy, have been addressed in Global Health publications, leading to a better understanding of the importance of health as a public good, beyond borders. Scientific evidence supports broader initiatives in which governments, foundations and the civil society must share responsibilities and funding to achieve health equity, the main goal of Global Health.

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