Founded in 2000, this global event was created to educate the public about heart disease and stroke, the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year. What’s a major concern is that these numbers are rising. By 2030, it’s expected that 23 million people will die from cardiovascular disease each year – which is more than the entire population of Australia. The main message of World Heart Day is that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – tobacco, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity – are addressed. That means that the way you live is inextricably tied to the health of your heart.
Children are a particular concern for the campaign as kids often have little control over their environment, lifestyle and food choices. Unless families around the world prioritize a smoke-free home with healthy meals and regular exercise, the children of today are going to be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. How can you help today’s kids have a strong hearts and a healthy future? Check out the Kids on the Move Toolkit and Superheart Cartoon Leaflet for Kids to learn how you can put together a customized program for your family, school or community.
Like many health conditions, heart disease may not cross your mind until a human face is put on the disease, especially a face that looks like you or your loved ones. That’s why the World Heart Federation is collecting personal stories via short conversations in person or by phone. If you’ve been affected by heart disease or stroke, learn how you can participate in this global project. Your story can help both world leaders and fellow community members focus on heart health with greater urgency. We also encourage you to exchange support and tips with PatientsLikeMe members who have experienced a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, valvular heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions.
Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined? And that it’s largely preventable?
Now you do – and there’s something you can do about it. Participate in National Wear Red Day® tomorrow, February 3, 2012. Better yet, get your friends and co-workers to dig into their closets as well. Together, you can make a vibrant, high-impact statement with your sea of red.
Today, September 29th, is World Heart Day.Sponsored by the World Heart Federation, this annual event was started in 2000 to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, the world’s leading cause of death with more than 17.1 million lives lost each year.All around the globe, activities such as talks, screenings, walks, concerts and sporting events have been organized for today.
One of the main goals of World Heart Day is to educate the public about the fact that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.All it takes is controlling the three main risk factors:tobacco use, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.Beyond those, another related risk factor is high cholesterol, which was the subject of yesterday’s blog post.
Here at PatientsLikeMe, a number of patients report cardiovascular conditions as well as conditions that put them at high risk for heart disease or stroke.They include:
If you’ve been diagnosed with one of these conditions, join our growing community and connect with patients like you today.Have a loved one who’s at risk?Educate yourself about the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke.According to the World Heart Federation, over 70 percent of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.
At PatientsLikeMe, people with every type of condition are coming together to share their health experiences, find patients like them and learn how to take control of their health. The result is improved care for patients as well as an acceleration of real-world medical research.
Stay tuned to our blog for the latest happenings with our company, our patients and our mission of opening up the healthcare system.