Every year, over 17 million people die from heart disease. As a way to fight this, the World Heart Federation created World Heart Day. It’s an event held every year on September 29.
HISTORY OF WORLD HEART DAY
World Heart Day is observed and celebrated annually on September 29, with the aim of increasing awareness of cardiovascular diseases and how to control them to negate their global impact. The international holiday was established by the World Heart Federation in collaboration with the World Health Organization. The president of the World Heart Federation from 1997 to 1999, Antoni Bayés de Luna, had conceived this idea. The first celebration of the annual event took place on September 24, 2000, and, until 2011, World Heart Day was observed on the last Sunday in September.
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the most common cause of death globally. An estimated 17 million people die from CVD every year. Coronary heart disease or strokes were the major causes of these deaths. A common misconception about CVD is that it impacts more people in developed countries who are more reliant on technology and lead sedentary lifestyles. But more than 80% of the deaths occur in middle-income and low-income countries. Fortunately, the main causes of cardiovascular disease are modifiable factors, which include lack of exercise, smoking, and a poor diet. Economic systems of countries are also majorly impacted by cardiovascular diseases — the cost of treatment is high and failure to treat the diseases timely results in loss of productivity and long absences from work.
The theme of World Heart Day 2022 is ‘USE HEART FOR EVERY HEART’
World Heart Day is an opportunity to stop and consider how to use the heart for humanity, for nature and for us. This day also educates that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented, according to the World Heart Federation (EHF).
Use Heart: This means to think differently and make the right decisions. To act with courage, to help others, to engage with this important cause. As per WHF, It is one of the few things with the potential to unite all people.
For Every Heart: This means involves the use of “FOR”. It requires changing the action to server to everyone.
It has three pillars:
Use heart for Humanity
Use heart for Nature
Use heart for You
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