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World Heart Day - 29 September.

Every year World Heart Day on September 29th strives to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease, including how to prevent it.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 18 million people die each year from heart-related issues. About 85% of these deaths are due to heart attack and stroke.

Heart attacks and strokes are caused by blockage preventing blood from flowing to the brain or heart. One of the most common types of obstruction is fatty deposits in the blood vessels. The following risk factors increase the chance of having a heart attack or stroke:

  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Hypertension
  • Harmful use of alcohol

In many cases, a combination of these risk factors is present in stroke and heart attack victims.

Three-quarters of heart-related deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. People in these countries have less access to early detection and integrated health care. In 2012, world leaders committed to reducing mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025. This includes cardiovascular diseases.

WHF and WHO in 1999 established world Heart Day. The first official celebration took place on September 24th, 2000. Initially, World Heart Day was observed on the last Sunday of September. In 2011, September 29th became World Heart Day.

Antoni BayƩs de Luna, the president of WHF from 1997 to 1999 is credited for coming up with the idea of World Heart Day. More than 90 countries participate in World Heart Day. This day has become the biggest global-awareness raising campaign for cardiovascular health.

Source: https://world-heart-federation.org


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