World Heart Day: According to the World Heart Federation, World Herat Day is very important as CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) remains the world’s number one killer, which is resulting in 18.6 million deaths/year. People having CVD are more vulnerable to the development of severe forms of coronavirus.
Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, air pollution, obesity, and less common conditions like Chagas disease and cardiac amyloidosis are all causes of cardiovascular disease. Hence, it is significant to look after our hearts by eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and saying no to tobacco.
Remember, missing medical appointments, reduced physical exercise can lead to CVD. So, attend your regular check-ups especially if you have underlying health conditions such as heart failure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure.
World Heart Day 2022 Date
To raise public awareness of cardiovascular diseases, their prevention, and their global impact, Heart Day is celebrated annually on 29th September.
World Heart Day History
World Health Day was first observed in the year 1999 with the WHF (World Heart Federation) collaborating with the WHO (World Health Organisation). Antoni Bayés de Luna, the president of WHF (1997-2011), conceived the idea of an annual event. Originally, World Heart Day was observed on the last Sunday of September, with the first celebration on 24th September 2000.
World Heart Day Significance
As per the WHF, “Heart Day informs people across the world that CVD is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives every year, and highlights the actions that every individual can take to control and prevent CVD. Its motive is to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors like unhealthy diet, tobacco use, and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart stroke and disease could be avoided.”
World Heart Day 2022 Theme
This year the theme of Heart Day is “Use Heart to Connect”. The idea is to find innovative and different ways to connect people to heart health, especially in lower resource communities and areas by “using your knowledge, compassion, and influence to make sure you, your beloved ones have the best chance to live heart-healthy lives.”