Global Burden of Cardiovascular Surgical Disease

Dear reader,

Six billion people worldwide lack access to safe, timely, and affordable cardiac surgical or interventional services when needed. Cardiovascular diseases remain the world’s leading cause of mortality with nearly 18 million deaths per year, yet a sole focus on prevention remains the cornerstone of global health interventions.

Through the following short (5-minute) survey, we want to assess the proportion of cardiovascular diseases requiring surgical or interventional care, as opposed to medical or conservative treatment.

We would greatly appreciate your expert opinion and thank you in advance.


Questions or concerns can be sent to Dr. Dominique Vervoort at

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