World Heart Day- September 29th 2012
26 Sep 2012
One World, One Home, One Heart
World Heart Day was created in 2000 by the World Heart Federation and takes place on 29th September each year.
The day is to inform people around the globe that heart disease and strokes are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising.
This year in continuation from World Heart Day’s 2011 theme of home heart health, World Heart Day 2012 focuses on cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention among women and children.
Here are some of the main factors highlighted by the World Heart Day 2012 campaign.
- Women/children and CVD are not synonymous:
-CVD is commonly considered an “older persons” and a “man’s” disease
-Women underestimate their CVD risk; almost half of the 17.3 million annual deaths occur in women
- Children are particularly at risk, since they have little control over their environment and can be limited in choices to live heart- healthily
- Unless action is taken to enable heart- healthy activity, the children of today are at increased CVD risk later in life
- Women/mothers are often the « gate keeper » to their family’s health hence a key influencer in keeping their hearts healthy
To support World Heart Day 2012, national activities such as public talks and screenings, walks and runs, concerts or sporting events are organised worldwide by members and partners of the World Heart Federation.