World Heart Day is celebrated every year on September 29. Organized by the World Heart Federation, the day is marked for spreading awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is the world’s largest killer and claims more than 17.5 million people worldwide!
Why is the World Heart Day celebrated?
Initially, World Heart Day was celebrated on the last Sunday of September, but since 2011, September 29 has a fixed date.
World Heart Day is the biggest platform to raise awareness of CVD. This is a platform for the CVD community to unite in battle and reduce the burden of global disease.
Every year on World Health Day, there are collaborations from non-profit organizations around the world. Public dialogue, screening, walking, run and other events are organized to increase awareness of heart-related diseases and leading people in healthy living.
World Heart Day 2018 Theme
This year, ‘Your heart, my heart‘ is ‘World Heart Day Theme’.
This World Heart Day, the World Heart Federation wants everyone to share how they give strength to your heart and encourage lakhs of people around the world to be healthy. Your heart is in the center of your health. And, it is easy to give care of it which is worth it.
Some simple steps such as eating healthy, biting and smoking can improve your health and your overall well-being.
So this World Heart Day, let’s make sure that we all take action to maintain our heart – and the people we care about – keep a healthy and lasting difference in our health and health of the world.
What is cardiovascular disease?
The term ‘cardiovascular disease‘ (CVD) refers to any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or the disease of the blood vessel. The most prevalent cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease (such as heart attack) and cerebrovascular disease (such as stroke).
When your heart’s work gets compromised, then it is known as cardiovascular disease, a comprehensive term that involves any disorder in the system in which the heart is in its center.
Heart disease are hereditary?
CVD may be developed before birth.
Some families may have heart disease. But, if you inherit risk factors that offer you heart disease, such as high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or more weight, then there are ways you can help to avoid developing cardiovascular disease.
How is smoking and heart disease associated?
This world heart, do not say to smoke.
Smoking can do many drawbacks to your health:
- It can damage the lining of blood vessels
- Fatty deposits can increase in the arteries, resulting in a blood sac
- This coronary artery can also promote Spam, adverse effects on blood lipid levels
- Nicotine present in a cigarette can accelerate heart rate and increase blood pressure levels.
Cardiovascular disease: death is the number one cause in the world
Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide?
According to Global Atlas on prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke, more than 17.5 million deaths per year are due to CVD.
Heart attack is responsible for 7.3 million CVD deaths
Strokes are responsible for 6.2 million CVD deaths
Cholesterol is linked to about 4 million deaths per year
This has become the number one cause of death in the world today.
Cardiovascular disease risk factor
There are several risk factors associated with coronary heart disease and stroke.
Some risk factors, such as family history and diabetes can not be modified, while other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, can be modified with treatment.
425 million adults worldwide are affected by diabetes.
Hypertension is called ‘silent killer’ because it usually has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not know that they have it
Other common non-modified risk factors include:
1. Age: Having old age is the risk factor for cardiovascular disease, after the age of 55, there is a danger of stroke couple in every decade.
2. Gender: A person has high risk of heart disease compared to pre-menopausal women. But before menopause, the risk of a woman is similar to that of a man. The risk of stroke is similar to men and women.
3. Socio-economic status: Despite being poor, there is no difference anywhere in the world, the risk of heart disease and stroke increases. A seriously stressful life, social isolation, anxiety, and depression also increase the risk.
How can avoiding cardiovascular diseases?
The smallest changes can make the biggest difference.
The purpose of The World Heart Federation is to take action to educate people that controlling the risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity can help prevent heart disease and stroke to prevent at least 80 percent of death.
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