World Heart Day, held on 29 September each year, is aimed at increasing the general public’s awareness of the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (poor diet, lack of physical activity, smoking and harmful use of alcohol), and thus helping to prevent them.
These diseases, which are associated with malfunctioning of the heart or of the blood vessels that supply it, caused 17.3 million deaths in 2013, i.e. 30% of all deaths worldwide.1 The most common cardiovascular diseases include coronary disease, heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias), and cerebrovascular diseases, which affect the blood vessels in the brain.
The theme for this year’s event is: “Heart-healthy environments”
1 Source : World Health Organization