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Sunday 14 February 2016: Heart Day

10 Feb 2016 | By INSERM (Newsroom) | Uncategorized

As the cause of 17.5 million deaths in 2012, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide.[1] In France they are the second leading cause of mortality in men, and the leading cause in women.[2]


These diseases are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels, such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), peripheral arterial disease, heart failure, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy.

Heart Day, initiated by Alliance du Cœur and held on 14 February every year, the symbolic date of St. Valentine’s Day, is aimed at bringing together the general public, health professionals and public authorities for a national debate in order to combat cardiovascular diseases. On this occasion, many events will be held in three cities in France, Belfort, Paris and Strasbourg, on the theme “Every Woman’s Heart.”

See the programme on the Heart Day information website.

Inserm researchers conducting research on cardiovascular diseases are available to answer your questions.

[1] Source: WHO

[2] Source: Heart Day

Researcher Contact

Alain Tedgui
Directeur de recherche Inserm et directeur de l’Unité Insemr 970 « Paris Centre de recherche cardiovasculaire »
01 53 98 80 06

Eloi Marijon
Unité Inserm 970 « Paris-Centre de recherche cardiovasculaire »
Tel : 01 56 09 36 92