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World Heart Day 2020

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By Lahiru Rukshan on September 29th, 2020

“#UseHeart … for society, your loved ones and you” is the theme the World Heart Federation has selected for this year’s World Heart Day.

World Heart Day was established in 1999 by the WHO in collaboration with the World Heart Federation to celebrate the importance of healthy, hearty living by eradicating cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is one of the most common form of death globally with the majority of deaths caused by stroke or coronary heart diseases. It should be known that majority of the CVD related deaths are reported in developing countries (low and middle income) as opposed to developed countries.  This is due to high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco use, alcohol use, low fruit and vegetable intake, and obesity. CVD has a massive impact on the economy of a country due to the high health costs associated with treatment and loss of productivity due to disabilities rendered by CVD. Unfortunately, most developing countries rarely give significance to heart diseases over communicable diseases.

Every year the World Heart Day is celebrated on the 29th of September with events and literature to promote healthy lifestyles.

#UseHeart is about using…

Your head…

  • To comprehend the knowledge that is required to live a hearty & healthy life and change your behavior for a better quality of life.

Your influence…

  • As an individual to be a model for your loved ones.
  • As a healthcare professional to help navigate your patient towards making positive changes to their heart health.
  • As an employer to be concerned for the cardiovascular health of your employees.
  • As a government to implement policies and regulation in the form of sugar taxes, smoking bans (single stick sales ban), and reducing air pollution that will lead to better societal cardiovascular health.

Your compassion…

  • To see beyond yourself and support the most vulnerable in society such as those with underlying heart-related conditions that are at a greater risk during these pressing times of COVID-19.

How to observe World Heart Day?

  • Go for a checkup – Go to your local healthcare provider and get a full body checkup.
  • Get your heart rate up – Be active by visiting a gym or by taking up a physical sport. Maintain a low BMI to reduce the chances of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Organize or participate in life changing seminars – Create or participate in an event, where lifesaving procedures are taught to participants. These events could be CPR workshops, a healthy cooking classes, or exercising sessions.

What can healthcare providers do?

Healthcare providers can invest in cloud based healthcare information systems to maintain the histories of their patient’s health that can be later cross-utilized by other healthcare practices to determine a patient’s heart condition in the future.

For more information on how your organization can participate in World Heart Day 2020, visit: https://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/world-heart-day-2020/

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