The Heart Friendly Lifestyle - World Heart Day
Today is World Heart Day! Heart health is something that we believe you should prioritize in your life, and today is dedicated to making sure as much attention is drawn to cardiovascular disease and heart health.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world's number one killer. It is responsible for approximately 17.5 million deaths each year, and that number is expected to rise to 23 million in around 10 years. Fortunately, CVD and its many risk factors are preventable, by way of a healthier diet and living a healthier and more heart-friendly lifestyle.
The World Heart Federation lays out four steps to taking care of your heart. These steps are: know your heart, fuel your heart, move your heart and love your heart. They express the need to:
- Check your blood pressure and glucose levels regularly.
- Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
- Eat healthier by using smaller portions and cutting down on processed foods and sweets.
- Exercise regularly; at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
About World Heart Day
World Heart Day is celebrated on 29 September each year and is the world's biggest awareness-raising platform for CVD ... a chance to inform everyone, everywhere that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, and to highlight the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD.
This increasingly powerful global campaign sees individuals, families, communities, and organizations around the world, take part in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.