“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing” -Blaise Pascal
September 29th is designated as World Heart Day as part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The World Heart Federation in association with the World Health Organization paved way for the idea of World Heart Day.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart attacks and strokes are usually acute and are caused due to a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to the heart or brain. Cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death globally. An estimated 17.9 million people died from CVDs (Cardio Vascular Diseases) in 2016, accounting for 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85% are due to heart attacks and strokes. As World Heart Day is all about drawing people’s attention towards heart illnesses, it makes sense to talk about these and understand them in detail.
On this day, people come together from all over the world to participate in awareness programs to promote the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Its main aim is to drive action and educate people about preventing cardiovascular illnesses. Several lifestyle choices contribute to the increase of the risk of heart disease like – overeating of junk and cholesterol-rich food, smoking, overweight and obesity, high sugar intake, etc.
A healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of heart problems. There are many things we can do to reduce the chances of acquiring a heart disease – controlling blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight with the help of a balanced diet, exercising regularly, non-consumption of alcohol, no smoking, proper medication, and sleep.
No disease occurs in isolation, and cardiovascular disease is no exception. The burden of cardiovascular disease is disproportionately distributed across the population. While heart disease can be deadly, it’s also preventable in most people. By imparting healthy lifestyle habits, you can potentially live longer with a healthier heart. Let us take an active resolution on this Heart Day to keep our heart healthy. Taking care of your body and your heart can pay off in the long run.