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World Heart Day: #UseHeart to beat cardiovascular disease

by Public Health Update

World Heart Day is a global awareness day marked every year on 29 September to inform people around the globe about cardiovascular disease, the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is the biggest awareness raising activity initiated by The World Heart Federation.

World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025.

Objectives

  • To inform people around the globe about cardiovascular disease.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day to reduce the risk of heart diseases. 
  • To educing the global prevalence of hypertension.

Key facts

  • Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.
  • It has many causes: from smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, to air pollution, and rare and neglected conditions such as Chagas Disease and cardiac amyloidosis.
  • An estimated 17.9 million people died from CVDs in 2016, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85% are due to heart attack and stroke.
  • Over three quarters of CVD deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries.

World Heart Day 2020 calls: Use Heart … for society, your loved ones and you

Use Heart is about using …

Your head

To understand what it takes to live a heart healthy life and to act on that knowledge, changing your behaviour for a better quality of life now and in the future.

Your influence

As an individual to set an example for your loved ones.

As a healthcare professional to help your patients make positive changes for their heart health.

As an employer to invest in the heart health of your employees.

As a government to implement policies and initiatives that will lead to better societal heart health, such as sugar taxes, smoking bans and reducing air pollution.

Your compassion

To look beyond the self and act in ways that support the most vulnerable in society; those with underlying heart-related conditions that may put them at greater risk in the time of COVID-19.

Source of info: World Heart Federation and WHO


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