World Heart Day is organized by the World Heart Federation 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.
The focus of this year’s campaign is on creating a global community of Heart Heroes with various promises to fulfill.
A promise to family to cook and eat more healthily.
A promise to children to be more active, to quit smoking and to help their loved ones to do the same.
A promise as a healthcare professional to motivate and help patients to quit smoking and maintain the cholesterol levels.
A promise as a policymaker to focus on policies that promote healthy heart.
A promise as an employee to invest in heart-healthy workplaces.
The campaign encourages to make a promise for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS.
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. CVDs take the lives of 17.9 million people every year, 31% of all global deaths. Over 23 million deaths are predicted from CVDs by 2030.
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