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Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

World Heart Day is celebrated annually on 29 September. It aims to increase public awareness and promote preventive measures to reduce the global incidence of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).

 

Why is heart disease a global issue?

  • Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.5 million lives each year

  • At least 80% of premature deaths from CVD could be avoided by reducing risk

  • 31% of all deaths worldwide are from CVD, over 80% of these are in developing countries.

  • The World Heart Federation is striving for a 25% reduction in premature deaths from CVD by 2025 

 

World Heart Day 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. We believe in a world where heart health for everyone is a fundamental human right and a crucial element of global health justice.

 

In addition to our annual Heartwalk, health screenings, fitness sessions, exhibitions and lectures are some of the activities we've held in recognition of World Heart Day.

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Look Out for our World Heart Day Events!

Look Out for our World Heart Day Events!