World leaders are committed to reducing global mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD Every year, over 17 million people die from heart disease. Making it the world’s number one killer. The world leaders came together in May 2012 and created World Heart Day, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden. It is celebrated every year on 29 September, and many more than 90 countries participate in this international observance every year.
Created by the World Heart Federation, it aims to inform people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death, highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD, educate people that by controlling risk factors premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided. World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments worldwide participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.
To date, cardiovascular disease remains the world’s number one killer; this year’s theme is “USE HEART TO CONNECT.” The healthcare crisis we’ve all been living through has emphasised an urgent need to find innovative ways to stay engaged with heart health, particularly in lower resource areas and communities. ‘ USE HEART TO CONNECT’ is using your understanding, compassion and influence to make sure you, your loved ones and the communities you’re part of have a better chance of live heart-healthy lives. It’s about connecting with our hearts, ensuring we’re nurturing them as best we can, using technology to connect every heart, everywhere.
There are many ways to Look after your heart by eating healthy, staying active through exercising regularly, maintain a healthy weight, manage your cholesterol level, manage your blood pressure and avoid drinking and smoking. Above all, stay motivated. The heart is an amazing part of our bodies that tends to go unnoticed until something goes wrong. Don’t wait for something bad to happen; take the time to invest in your heart health today to ensure it provides a strong rhythm for you throughout your life.
If you have an underlying health condition, such as heart disease, don’t let COVID-19 stop you from attending your regular check-ups. And never avoid calling the emergency services if you need to. Digital networks have the power to connect patients with families, friends, other patients, doctors and carers. No one should have to feel alone, pandemic or not, so let’s use technology to overcome isolation and gaps in care. It is important to maintain your heart health now more than ever.
The World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds to fight against cardiovascular diseases. By Motivating international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world. People are encouraged to believe in a world where heart health for everyone is a fundamental human right and a crucial element of global health justice.