Today, the 29th of September, we commemorate World Heart Day with the aim of raising awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke being the world’s leading causes of death.
But first, a little bit of background on this special day itself : World Heart Day is founded in 2000 by the World Heart Federation. It is the world’s biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular related disease, including heart disease and stroke. This year’s main theme is “MY HEART, YOUR HEART, which is about bringing people together and creating a sense of commitment around the common cause of heart health. Thus, it is hoped that all of us can play an important role by being “Heart Heroes” where everyone makes a ‘heart promise’ to someone they love or care about. This promise can be something like : checking blood pressure, stop smoking, eating healthily and/or exercising more.
Now, here are a few important facts on heart disease and stroke to get you thinking about your own heart health.
If you suspect yourself or any one of your family members of having any sign of cardiovascular disease, please do see a medical professional immediately. It is also wise to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise along with quitting smoking to prevent cardiovascular diseases and strokes.