Every year over 17 million people worldwide die from heart disease. And so, while we note on the calendar “International Happy Goose Day,” “National Biscotti Day,” and “Telephone Tuesday,” it seems that raising awareness through “World Heart Day” is well deserved. Since the year 2000, World Heart Day has made a tangible impact on citizens around the world.
World Heart Day, on September 29th, is a global campaign to provide events that raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD). Education includes warning signs, the steps you can take to fight CVD, and how to help those around you who may be suffering. More than 90 countries participate in World Heart Day, which increases action and access to care every year.
Around the World
CVDs are the most common cause of death globally. They include a broad umbrella of heart issues that may or may not be common in your particular region of the world. Globally, these include:
- Coronary heart disease.
- Heart attack.
- Rheumatic heart disease.
Education about CVD prevention takes various forms around the world. Actions include working to increase access to care through technology in Cameroon, West Africa, screening for adults and children in Cairo, Egypt, to a public health app developed in England that measures ‘heart age’ as a way to encourage ongoing healthy habits that reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. The goal is to provide tangible and practical ways for doctors, patients, and people not yet dealing with a CVD diagnosis to take positive steps in prevention, treatment, and control for a longer and healthier life.
The health community has identified six risk factors as a focus for education and change for patients around the world:
- High blood pressure.
- High blood cholesterol.
- Tobacco use.
- Alcohol use.
- Low fruit and vegetable intake.
Small changes to these risk factors can make a big impact on CVD prevention and control. The magnitude of this global impact makes the worldwide investment of time and money very cost-effective. Despite the focus on reducing communicable diseases in developing countries, the actual data shows that the risk factors for health for all diseases combined were similar to the risk factors for heart disease and stroke alone. Thus, the push for a designated day to increase education for the general public worldwide via media, government programs, and healthcare education.
Since its inception, World Heart Day has been surprisingly effective. Not only does it help educate the public on the risks of CVD, but it also leads to changes in lifestyle habits. Many physicians are surprised to learn that one-third of global deaths are attributable to cardiovascular disease and that 80% of those deaths are in developing countries. These statistics can help guide physicians in their education programs and diagnostic techniques. They can also assist countries in developing their health policy focus.
Campaigns for World Heart Day can be found all over.
- Turin, Italy – Senate of the Italian Republic was illuminated in red while offering screenings and awareness education to over 1,000 students and citizens.
- Perambalur, Tamil Nadu State, India – Public awareness rally and international webinar for medical students.
- Bucharest, Romania – Activities in 26 cities, light exercise challenges, nine public buildings illuminated, nine info points, and press communication.
- Multan, Pakistan – Whole-day health awareness stalls with blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol checks for the general public with educational materials.
- Mombasa, Kenya – Five-kilometer walk and free awareness sessions for the public.
- Tamaulipas, Mexico – Workshop on preventing cardiovascular diseases and on basic CPR for medical personnel and laypeople.
Make It Personal
While we live in a fully developed country with countless education and care options to help increase our cardiovascular health, there are still ways that you can participate in World Heart day.
- Schedule a check-up for September 29. You may even find a facility near you offering World Heart Day activities!
- Get your heart rate up. Designate September 29 as the day you start a consistent habit of daily exercise. Whether it’s walking, swimming, dancing, or running, choose a form of exercise you love. Find a way to make activity a priority.
- Schedule a class. Many organizations like the Red Cross offer CPR classes. If you work or volunteer in a facility with an (Automated External Defibrillator) (AED) unit, ask if training is available in preparation for a potential cardiovascular emergency. AEDs are designed to be user-friendly, with step-by-step verbal instructions issued straight from the machine at the time of use.
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