World Heart Day is organized by the World Heart Foundation 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. It aims to motivate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
This year global campaign focuses on looking after our own hearts, and the hearts of our loved ones: My Heart, Your Heart. It’s about saying to yourself, the people you care about and individuals all around the world, “what can I do right now to look after MY HEART and YOUR HEART?”
The main call to action for this year’s campaign is to make a promise. A promise as an individual to get more active, say no to smoking, eat healthy diet and encourage your children to be more active, to say no to smoking and also help your loved ones to take these measures; as a health care professional to save more lives, as a policy maker to implement measures for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
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.
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-
For details of Coronary heart disease, see at www.nhp.gov.in