World Heart Day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart diseases. The day promotes preventative measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain so, according to WHO. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2005, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking and alcohol, inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables and obesity.
World Heart Day was set up to drive home the message that heart problems can be prevented. The aim is to improve health globally by encouraging people to make lifestyle changes and promoting education internationally about ways to be good to your heart.
This World Heart Day, we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves. This is the perfect day to quit smoking, get exercising and start eating healthy all in the name of keeping your ticker in good working order, and improving the health and well being of people the world over.