BMC Primary Care is calling for submissions to our Collection on Prevention and management of cardiovascular disease in primary care.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading global cause of mortality, primarily driven by ischemic heart disease and stroke. The prevalence of heart and circulatory diseases poses a significant burden on public health, particularly in countries with aging populations, where disparities in CVD incidence and outcomes are observed due to variations in behavioral and inherent risk factors, as well as societal inequalities.
To address these challenges, primary care healthcare professionals (HCPs) play a crucial role in preventing, identifying, and managing cardiovascular disease. Their objective is to alleviate the global burden of the disease by reducing hospitalizations and deaths. Within primary care settings, HCPs can identify cardiovascular risk factors, offer patient education and suggest lifestyle modifications, ensure early diagnosis of CVD, and promote medication adherence, hypertension management, and lipid management. In primary care, HCPs have the ability to create personalized treatment plans, which is particularly relevant when comorbidities are present (e.g., diabetes, depression, and COPD) and affect disease management. The evaluation of diagnostic tools in primary care is also vital for assessing disease severity, identifying comorbidities, and determining the effectiveness of interventions and prognostic outcomes.
In this Collection, BMC Primary Care aims to support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being and SDG10: Reducing Inequalities by collating high-quality research related to the management and prevention of CVD by healthcare professionals working in primary care, and resolving inequalities in CVD diagnosis, care, and outcomes.
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