Every year, over 17 million people die from heart disease. As a way to fight this, the World Heart Federation created World Heart Day. It’s an event held every year on the last Sunday in September — falling this year on September 29.
People around the world can find events that raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD) — its warning signs, the steps you can take to fight it, and how to help those around you who may be suffering. So on September 29, fight CVD by getting involved with a World Heart Day event near you.
World Heart Day - History
Public Health England's online app
This online test measures "heart age," which shows how many years we can expect to live in good health without a heart attack or stroke.
"A Healthy Heart Your Goal"
It's a British program designed to promote heart health and encourage people to lead an active lifestyle — and take up sports to help keep their hearts healthy.
Hundreds of children screened
Over 200 children (and adults) were screened for rheumatic heart disease in Asmarat, a suburb of Cairo, Egypt.
World Heart Day established
The World Heart Federation created a very important event — World Heart Day.
How to Observe World Heart Day
1. Designate the day for a checkup
You may even be able to find a World Heart Day event near you that’s offering health check services. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
2. Get your heart rate up with fitness events
Maintaining a healthy weight and low Body Mass Index (BMI) can help decrease your chances of developing heart disease. Whether you decide to attend a gym or fitness class — or prefer to get involved at a World Heart Day event — try to make being active a priority.
3. Schedule life-changing seminars
Most cardiac emergencies occur near someone who could potentially help — so setting up a CPR class and learning how to resuscitate a person could save lives. Cooking demonstrations, health lectures, and fitness lessons are also great events to plan for World Heart Day.
4 Crucial Facts About Heart Disease
1. Heart disease costs all of us
Each year, the U.S. spends approximately $200 billion in health care services, medication, and lost productivity due to heart disease.
2. There are 3 common risk factors
Smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol (specifically LDL), are the key risk factors for heart disease. Half of all Americans suffer from at least one of these.
3. Sodium intake is putting kids at risk
Approximately 10 percent of children in the U.S. have high blood pressure due to the consumption of too much sodium.
4. Early warning signs are crucial
Approximately 47 percent of cardiac-related deaths take place outside of a hospital — demonstrating that people don't take early warning signs seriously enough.
Why World Heart Day is Important
A. It’s for your heart — and all our hearts
As the World Heart Federation says, September 29 is all about asking yourself: “What can I do right now to look after my heart…and your heart?”
B. It highlights worldwide events
World Heart Day is a universal platform that has the capability to focus attention on the millions who die from heart disease each year. Through worldwide events, the day offers health and fitness tips so people can lead a life free of cardiovascular ailments.
C. It encourages people to take action
By offering a variety of fun, healthy events — walks, runs, public talks, concerts, etc. — the day can inspire you to fight cardiovascular disease and live a longer, healthier life.