World Heart Day – 29 September
World Heart Day – 29 September 2020
Every year World Heart Day falls on 29 September. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the world today. CVD is any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease blood vessel. According to the World Health Organisation, over 17.9 million people die from CDVs worldwide, more than any other cause.
Your heart is the size of your fist and the strongest muscle in your body but can become very vulnerable from high-risk factors like smoking, eating an unhealthy diet, or putting it under stress. Controlling these factors and monitoring your blood pressure regularly may reduce your risk of CVD.
Pre-existing heart conditions or other physiological factors like hypertension or high blood cholesterol can also weaken the heart. Any disorder of the heart is known as cardiovascular disease.
Get the following checked
This World Heart Day, make an appointment to see your healthcare provider to check the following:
- Blood glucose levels
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol, weight, and body mass index
- Understand the signs and symptoms of a heart attack
Know the facts
High blood glucose can be a sign of diabetes. CVD accounts for the majority of deaths in people with diabetes. Left undiagnosed and untreated can put you at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
High blood pressure is another risk for CVD. Called the “silent killer”, high blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms and many people do not know they have it.
Cholesterol results in around 4 million deaths per year. Maintaining regular health checks with your healthcare provider can improve your heart health.
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