Sunday 29 September Marks As World Heart Day 2019
World Heart Day is a day which is held on September 29th every year and is used to draw attention to heart disease and the problems it can cause.
World Heart Day wants you to look after your heart
Every year World Heart Day is celebrated annually on 29 September in a bid to raise awareness around the world that Cardiovascular disease (CVD) including strokes and heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death among the people across the planet. On the day, individuals, families, communities, and governments take part in various activities which enables them to take charge of their heart as well as of their near and dear ones.
World Heart Federation on the World Heart Day unites people from all backgrounds and countries across the globe in the fight against CVD and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living.
Heart Disease Fact - 17,900,000 people die every year from CVD, including heart disease and stroke
Theme for World Heart Day 2019
The theme for the World Heart Day annual event in 2019 is ‘My Heart, Your Heart’.
The World Heart Federation in 2019 wants to create a global community of heart heroes. The nongovernmental organization wants you to take a pledge that you:
- Will cook and eat healthy
- Will exercise more and remain active
- Will say no to smoking as well as help the loved ones quit smoking
- Will work on lowering their cholesterol levels
- Will invest in heart-healthy workplaces
- Will support the policies which aim to promote healthy hearts
Few Fascinating Facts about the Heart
- Heart of a healthy person beats about 1,15,200 times every day.
- The heart pumps blood to all of the 75 trillion cells of the body.
- Only the Cornea of the eye doesn’t receive blood supply.
- In fact, the heart rate drops while asleep.
- Strangely enough, on average, women’s hearts beat about 10% faster than men’s.
Why is World Heart Day observed?
Presently, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the whole world. In the early 2000s, roughly 17 million people worldwide died from cardiovascular diseases annually. The majority of these deaths were the result of coronary heart disease or stroke – that’s more than victims of cancer, HIV and AIDS, and malaria.
Risk factors that lead to heart disease and stroke include:
- High blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
- Improper diet.
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What happens on World Heart Day?
Most of the governments and other several different non-government organizations commemorate and support World Heart Day with numerous activities such as fun runs, public talks, concerts, and sporting events. The World Heart Federation organizes several heart-related disease awareness events in more than 100 countries. They include:
- Health checks.
- Sports events, including walks, runs and fitness sessions.
- Public talks and science forums
- Stage shows and concerts.
These activities are done in partnership with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health.