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World Heart Day

Davis Orr

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Today is World Heart Day! ❤️

In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer and claiming 17.5 million live each year.

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden. Our aim to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) 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.

Any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the blood vessel 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 may reduce your risk for CVD.

Most of the major cardiovascular disease risk factors can be controlled. Here are a few tips on how to control those risk factors and protect your heart:

GET ACTIVE. 30 minutes of activity a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke. Try to make exercise a regular part of your life.

STOP SMOKING AND USING TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

EAT HEALTHY.

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS AMD RISK FACTORS. Have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked 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. (Content: world-heart-federation.org Image: cardiology-art.tumblr.com)

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