Every year, non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, account for nearly two-thirds of all global deaths. To highlight the risks these diseases pose to women, and also to celebrate World Heart Day, GE Healthcare will be hosting a live webcast featuring prominent cardiovascular experts discussing the top five health issues affecting women today: heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer.
More women die of cardiovascular diseases than men, making World Heart Day especially important for raising awareness within female populations across the globe. The webcast focuses on some of the most pressing issues affecting the health of the world’s population, with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) causing 46 percent of all premature deaths before the age of 60. Of this 46 percent, heart disease and stroke account for 48 percent of fatalities, cancer 21 percent, chronic respiratory disease 12 percent, and diabetes 3 percent.
The webcast is a collaboration of two GE-wide initiatives: Women’s Network and HealthAhead. GE’s Women’s Network has been helping drive the advancement of the 100,000 women who work at GE, while HealthAhead encourages GE employees to live healthier lifestyles and improve their overall wellness.
The GE webcast will feature four guest speakers, including NBC News’ Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Synderman, and Dr. Lori Mosca, a Cardiologist and representative of the American Heart Association. Dr. Marcia Agosti, GE Health Management Leader in Brazil, and Dr. John Zerbe from GE Aviation will provide GE’s perspective on how we can all make a positive difference to our own lives and the lives of others.
The webcast will begin at 12pm Eastern Time on Thursday 29 September. To sign-up for the live webcast, click here.