World Heart Day update: Check out the theme, history, Significance

Every year, September 29 is celebrated as World Heart Day to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke.

According to WHO, Cardiovascular disease (CVD) including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming over 17 million lives every year.

The day is celebrated to make individuals aware about the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Every year, over 90 countries take part in this international observance.

Theme

Every year, the day is observed with a specific theme. This year, the theme of World Health Day is ‘harnessing the power of digital health to improve awareness, prevention and management of CVD globally’.

As per World Heart Federation, this day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation 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.

Significance

Established by WHF and WHO, the day is observed to inform people about the various cardiovascular diseases (CVD) that can cause serious health damage.

Various CVDs including heart attacks and strokes is the leading cause of death. Nearly, 18.6 million people are estimated to get affected by CVD every year across the world.

The day also aims to highlight the reason and prevention of CVD, so that people can prevent themselves from being prone to cardiovascular diseases. It is marked to educate people about the associated risk factors such as unhealthy diet, tobacco consumption, and physical inactivity, which are likely to increase the risk of CVD.

The patients with rare diseases suffer from delays in diagnosis due to a lack of medical knowledge and poor awareness of these conditions and this in turn contributes to a considerable social and financial burden for affected individuals as well as their families and caregivers.

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