World Heart Day is observed every year since 2000 on September 29 as an initiative of the World Heart Federation. According to the reports of World Health Organisation (WHO), over 17.9 million people around the world die from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) every year. The objective behind World Health Day is to raise awareness about CVD, including heart disease and stroke.
This year, the theme of World Heart Day is to create a global community of Heart Heroes which will include people from all walks of life who are acting now to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives by making a promise. These promise include:
- A promise to our families to cook and eat more healthily
- A promise to our children to exercise more and help them to be more active, to say no to smoking and help our loved ones to stop
- A promise as a healthcare professional to help patients give up smoking and lower their cholesterol
- A promise as a policymaker to support policies that promote healthy hearts
- A promise as an employee to invest in heart-healthy workplaces
A simple promise … for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS.
Heart Disorders and cardiovascular diseases accounts for most number of death and disability across the planet which reportedly claims 17.9 million lives in a year which is a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable-disease-related deaths. Around 85% of these deaths are due to heart disease and stroke as per World Heart Federation.
Heart problem can be caused due to any of the reasons like excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco consumption, unhealthy lifestyle like irregular sleep and unhealthy food and sedentary habits.
The most common symptoms of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are: High Blood pressure, hypertension, obesity, increase in blood sugar level, diabetes, snoring and sleeping problems, Dizziness/Lightheadedness, Random Bouts of Cold Sweats, persistent Cough etc.
However, keeping few things in mind, it is possible to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and live a healthy life. Few of them are:
- Healthy eating habits like consuming Vegetables and Fruits
- Avoid high-fat foods to control the Cholesterol level in your blood.
- Regular exercise on daily basis. Yoga is also a very good option.
- Reducing your alcohol intake
- Quitting smoking
In addition to that, spreading awareness among the people about the causes, symptoms and remedies of heart conditions is also an effective idea to make people aware about cardiovascular disease. So, on this World Heart Day let’s pledge to be Heart Heroes by making a heart promise to someone you love or care about.