World Heart Day takes place on 29th September every year and the main goal is raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.
The World Heart Federation (WHF), in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the establishment of World Heart Day in 1999.The idea for this event was proposed by Antoni Bayés de Luna, president of WHF from 1997-99.
This year, the global campaign focuses on looking after our own hearts, and the hearts of our loved ones: MY HEART, YOUR HEART
The main aim of world heart day is to improve global heart health by encouraging people for lifestyle changes and gain knowledge about ways to be good to the heart.
According to WHO, Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:
- Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
- Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death. Together with WHO, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – which are tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – are controlled.