Low- and Middle-Income Countries and Cardiovascular Health Research

Although a majority of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, cardiovascular disease-related publications authored by researchers from these settings are vastly underrepresented in international scientific journals.

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In 2019, experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group, Resolve to Save Lives, and the World Hypertension League established a mentorship collaboration initiative to support authors from low- and middle-income countries. Prof. Christian Delles contributed to this initiative in his role as member of the Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group.

Last month, six new studies by investigators from Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Eurasia led or co-led by authors from this initiative were published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Hypertension as a special section.

The articles assessed implementation of hypertension control and dietary artificial trans fat elimination strategies to reduce preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease in their countries and worldwide. Expanding the global evidence base on hypertension treatment, sodium reduction, and trans-fat elimination strategies is a critical pathway to prevent and manage cardiovascular diseases.

First published: 4 December 2020