Heart health is at the heart of all health. The World Heart Foundation organizes World Heart Day on September 29 each year to inform people about cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which are the biggest cause of death and disability in the world. The day promotes the awareness for preventive measures to reduce the risk of CVDs.
Cardiovascular disease is a group of disorders affecting the heart and blood vessels which supply blood to lungs, brain, kidneys and other parts of the body. World Health Organization (WHO) has a target to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) 25% by 2025, of which CVDs make up the largest proportion.
This year, World Heart Day theme is ‘share the power’. Small changes, such as eating a healthy diet, getting more exercise and giving up smoking can make heart powerful. The World Heart Foundation on this World Heart Day is asking everyone to share how they power their heart and inspire millions of people around the world to be heart healthy. We should take action to keep our hearts healthy and charged.
These days cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of major causes of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year (half of all non-communicable-disease related deaths); and over 23 million predicted deaths from CVDs by 2030 (31% global deaths from CVDs).
World Heart Day provides a vital global platform to raise awareness and encourage individuals, families, communities and governments to take action now. Together we have the power to reduce the burden and premature deaths from CVD and helping people everywhere to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives.
How to prevent cardiovascular diseases?
Many CVDs are preventable by addressing behavioural risk factors such as-
Continually monitor and control-
Carefully take the medication- Take your medicines regularly as prescribed by the Doctor.
Keep track of your progress and feel proud about what you do for your own health and family’s health.
Know the warning signs of heart attack-
First aid –
“Fuel your heart. Move your heart. Love your heart. And share the power”.
For details of Coronary heart disease, see at www.nhp.gov.in