For over 20 years, the World Heart Federation (WHF) has worked with families, communities, and governments around the globe to bring attention to heart disease and stroke. As the world’s leading cause of death, heart disease and stroke take over 18 million lives each year.
Heart disease, medically known as Cardiovascular disease (CVD), account for most Noncommunicable disease (NCD) deaths, with diabetes, cancers, and respiratory diseases not far behind.
“Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors.” – World Health Organization (WHO)
Every 29 of September, World Heart Day is celebrated to bring global attention to heart disease and how individuals can take action to prevent and control heart disease.
This year – the theme is Use Heart to Connect.
According to WHF, this year’s theme is about using your knowledge, compassion, and influence to make sure you, your loved ones, and the communities you are part of have the best chance to live heart-healthy lives. It’s about connecting with our own hearts, making sure we’re fueling and nurturing them as best we can, and using the power of digital to connect every heart, everywhere.
The World Heart Federation has three key pillars for this year’s theme: equity, prevention, and community.
Join us today and share what life choices you and your loved ones are making to lead a heart-healthy life with #UseHeartToConnect and #WorldHeartDay! For additional resources and information please visit www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/resources/.