World Heart Day was founded in 2000 by the World Heart Federation to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Coagulation conversation usually concentrates on blood clots in the venous system (VTE – venous thrombo-embolism) but blood clots also occur in arteries causing heart disease and stroke (CVD). CVD is the world’s number one killer. Each year, it’s responsible for 17.5 million premature deaths, and by 2030 this is expected to rise to 23 million.
World Heart Day is an annual event which takes place on 29 September every year. Each year’s celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health.
Together with World Heart Federation members, World Heart Day spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol – are controlled.
This World Heart Day, the message is
Your heart powers your whole body. It lets you love, laugh and live your life to the full.
That’s why it’s so important to look after it. If you don’t, you’re putting yourself at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease and stroke.
But the good news is that much CVD can be prevented by making just a few simple daily changes, like eating and drinking more healthily, getting more exercise and stopping smoking.
So this World Heart Day, let’s make sure we all take action to keep our hearts charged and make a lasting difference to our health.