World Heart Day, 29th September 2018

World Heart Day, 29th September 2018

Founded in 2000, World Heart Day is an initiative of the World Heart Federation and the world’s biggest platform for raising awareness about cardio-vascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke.

CVD is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year.

World Heart Day aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, excess intake of alcohol and insufficient physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke can be avoided.

Look after your heart by checking your numbers

Blood glucose

High blood glucose (blood sugar), if left undiagnosed and untreated can put you at increased risk of heart disease and stroke; and CVD accounts for 60% of all deaths in people with diabetes.

 

 

Blood pressure

High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for CVD; often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it usually has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not realize they have it.

 

 

Cholesterol, Weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)

Make sure to check your cholesterol levels, weight and body mass index (BMI) regularly as these impact on your heart health.