The celebration of World Heart Day, an annual observance that aims to shed light on cardiovascular diseases (CVD)—the world’s number one killer—and actions that individuals can take to prevent and control them.
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the world’s leading cause of death, as they claim nearly 1.8 crore lives each year. They are also accountable for nearly half of all deaths that occur due to non-communicable diseases.
However, by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke can be avoided.
Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation intends to do just that—educate and unite people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD, so as to drastically reduce the global disease burden and encourage heart-healthy living across the world.
World Heart Day 2020
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, individuals suffering from cardiovascular conditions are truly faced with a double-edged threat. Not only are they more at risk of developing severe forms of the viral disease, but the infectious nature of the coronavirus may also prevent them from seeking active, ongoing care for their hearts.
In such unprecedented times, the pandemic has put a spotlight on the healthcare profession, national healthcare systems, and the responsibilities we hold for our own health and for the vulnerable in society. Therefore, taking care of our hearts right now is more important than ever.
Focusing on that very thought, the 2020 World Heart Day campaign is asking the world to Use Heart To Beat Heartbreak.
The message urges everyone to:
- Use heart to make healthier dietary and behavioural choices
- Use heart to listen to your heart, get regular check-ups, and keep yourself healthy
- Use heart to help and support your loved ones and the society, especially the ones most vulnerable
- Use heart to influence positive changes in others for their heart health
- Use heart to thank the healthcare professionals
- Use heart to take part in this campaign and make World Heart Day 2020 more impactful than ever
By uniting in the fight against cardiovascular diseases, we can collectively lower the global disease burden, help save lives, and make this world a healthier and safer place to live in. Ultimately, a safe home is where a healthy heart is.