World Heart Day is observed worldwide. In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025.
World Heart Day! ❤️
World Heart Day emphasizes education about reducing heart risk factors. Reduction includes lowering deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke. These two conditions account for nearly half of all non-communicable diseases and deaths. Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer and claims 17.5 million lives each year. Wear a red awareness ribbon pin to call attention to improved cardiovascular and heart health.
World Heart Federation
The World Heart Federation founded World Heart Day. It is the perfect platform for the cardiovascular disease community to unite in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Learning about cardiovascular disease also reduces the global disease burden. The aim of this campaign is to educate people that by controlling risk factors, deaths can be reduced. These include reducing tobacco use and unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. If these reductions occur, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke may be avoided.
Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today. Over 17.5 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year.
Heart Disease Awareness
Any disease of the heart, vascular diseases of the brain, or disease of the blood vessels is considered a cardiovascular disease. The most prevalent cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease (e.g. heart attack) and cerebrovascular disease (e.g. stroke). Controlling key risk factors such as diet, physical activity, tobacco use, and blood pressure reduces the risk for CVD. The general public can control most of the major cardiovascular disease risk factors.
Eliminate Risk Factors to Protect Your Heart
GET ACTIVE. 30 minutes of activity a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke. Make exercise a regular part of your life. In the end, it’s up to you!
STOP USING TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT.
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS AMD RISK FACTORS.
For example, check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels regularly. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major factor for approximately half of all heart disease and stroke. Further, speak to your doctor if you are at risk for any of these cardiovascular issues. In addition, discuss this with friends and family members to make sure they understand their risk factors, too.
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