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WCC 2014 – the war on salt

The importance of national targets to reduce premature mortality related to cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as dietary salt guidelines, will be highlighted by the World Congress of Cardiology (WCC) 2014 (Melbourne, Australia 4–7 May).

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults should have no more than 5 g of salt a day – however, in most countries the average person consumes between 9 and 12 g a day. There are increasing calls in the international community to lower the recommended daily salt allowance to reduce premature CVD mortality. But the question remains, what is the ideal target and how can we achieve it?

At WCC, experts will discuss the benefits and feasibility of food reformulation, and low sodium and salt guidelines, and the approaches needed to encourage uptake at a national level.

“The World Congress of Cardiology is unique in its role as the global platform for cardiovascular health and outcomes-based approaches. No other Congress brings together such a broad array of regional and global leaders to share the latest science and share best practice in preventing and managing cardiovascular disease in a variety of clinical settings, benefitting patients in countries around the world,” said Professor K Srinath Reddy, World Heart Federation President.

A number of press briefings will take place throughout WCC 2014, with presentations from the leading global experts. Topics will include:

  • The link between health inequalities and CVD
  • Late-breaking clinical trial results
  • E-health and mobile health strategies
  • The pillars of heart-healthy environments
  • Rheumatic heart disease amongst children in developed and developing countries
  • Gender-based differences in the management and prevention of CVD
  • The “25×25 roadmap” – the United Nation’s commitment to reducing premature mortality by non-communicable diseases, including CVDs, by 25% by 2025.

Registration for the World Congress of Cardiology is now open here. For further information and to register online, please visit

The WCC is a major bi-annual international conference tackling global issues in cardiovascular health and disease. With an international presence of 100 countries, attendees will have access to over 500 expert speakers, 285 scientific sessions and more than 1000 oral and poster presentations, covering the latest clinical and policy research in cardiovascular disease control.

Published on: April 30, 2014

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