‘You live longer and healthier if you have a heart that beats without any complications.’
Every year on September 29th, people all over the world celebrate the World Heart Day to promote awareness about cardiovascular diseases and how to prevent them. The World Heart Federation (WHF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) introduced this observance in 1999 to address the global impact of heart-related illnesses and encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to conditions that affect the heart or blood vessels. It is often caused by fatty deposits inside the arteries, which increase the risk of blood clots. CVD can also damage arteries in organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes, and is responsible for over 20.5 million deaths each year. CVD includes Coronary Heart Disease, Strokes, TIAs, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Aortic Disease. Although the exact cause is unknown, several risk factors increase the likelihood of developing it, such as high blood pressure, smoking, high Cholesterol, Diabetes, inactivity, being overweight or obese, family history of CVD, and ethnic background. However, adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol intake, can reduce the risk of CVD and promote overall health.
The World Heart Federation (WHF) has continued to spread information and awareness about cardiovascular diseases since the first World Heart Day in 2000. They organize events such as public talks, free health checks, and sporting activities to promote public health. Non-governmental and governmental organizations worldwide participate in this observance by organizing science fairs, exhibitions, fitness sessions, public talks, walks, and marathons. More than 90 countries participate in the celebration each year, and World Heart Day has proved an effective method for spreading information about cardiovascular health.
This year’s theme, ‘Use Heart, Know Heart,’ reminds everyone to take care of their hearts. The campaign emphasizes the essential step of knowing our hearts first.
So, on World Heart Day, let’s make a promise to say no to anything that can cause damage to our hearts and prioritize our cardiovascular health.