World Heart Day 2012
The World Heart Federation organizes
World Heart Day on 29th September 2012 in partnership with WHO. Awareness events are hosted
in more than 100 countries and are focused on education of what cardiovascular disease is and how it can be treated and prevented.
The the theme of this year "One world, one home, one heart" focusing on women and children,
There are many risk factors for heart disease and stroke, including high blood pressure, cholesterol
and even elevated the blood sugar levels common to diabetes. Other major contributing
factors include physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity and smoking.
India would be the heart disease capital by 2030 unless preventive steps
were taken. A study of schoolboys showed that 60 per cent of that group
had low levels of good cholesterol.
World Heart Day 2011
The theme for World Heart Day on September 29, 2011, "one world, one home, one
heart" presents a challenge to individuals to accept the onus of heart health
for the individual and family and champion the cause of heart healthy living.
Cardiologists in India are creating awareness that a majority of cardiac emergencies
occur at home and taking action at the first signs of a heart attack is essential to prevent death due to heart attacks.
The World Heart Day is organized by World Heart Federation, a
non- governmental organization with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, endorsed by World Health Organization and other
organizations. It identifies the numerous factors responsible for the cardiovascular diseases and premature deaths.
World Heart Federation also spreads the news on how stroke and heart diseases could be avoided if physical activities
and unhealthy diets are controlled. World Heart Federation also imparts important information related to
signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.
According to World
Health Organization (WHO), every year heart diseases claim 17.3 million people around the world.
In India, heart disease is the single largest cause of death, with heart
attacks being responsible for one third of all deaths caused. It is estimated that by 2020, India will have the largest CV burden globally
and account for 1/3 of all global deaths. About 35 to 50 percent of cases of heart disease in India affect people below the age of 50.
World Heart Day 2010
World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart
disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.1
million lives each year. Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news
that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and
physical inactivity, are controlled. World Heart Day 2010 held on 26 September 2010.
The theme of World Heart Day 2010 is "Workplaces Wellness: Take responsibility for your own heart health".
On World Heart Day 2010, World heart federation gives simple tips for good Heart as
Know about Heart Disease
* As per WHO figures, heart diseases and stroke are the first and second leading causes of death for adult
men and women in developed countries. The recent WHO projections estimate the number of patients with chronic heart disease
(CHD) to cross over two million in a year in India by 2010.
* Heart disease and stroke kills more women each year than cancer, tb, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
Causes of Heart attack
* Unhealthy diet (Food with transfats)
* Blood Pressure
* Sedentary lifestyle
1. Healthy food intake – Eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables
a day and avoid saturated fat. Beware of processed foods, which contain high levels of salt.
2. Get active & take heart – Even 30 minutes of activity can help to
prevent heart attacks and strokes and your work will benefit too.
3. Say no to tobacco – Your risk of coronary heart disease will be halved within a year and will return to a normal level over time.
4. Maintain a healthy weight – Reducing weight, especially together with
lower ed salt intake, leads to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure
is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major factor for approximately half of all heart disease and stroke.
World Heart Day 2009
The theme of
World Heart Day 2009 was 'Follow the right lifestyle'. World Heart Day
2009 activities include health checks, organized walks, runs and fitness sessions, public talks, stage shows,
scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, carnivals, and sports tournaments.
Begun in 1999 World Heart Day is now celebrated by members and non-members alike in more than 100 countries around the world.
World Heart Day is celebrated on 27th September every year and this year also on September 27, 2009.
If you want to save your heart from Heart Disease
better start eliminating the risk factors early. Ignoring them might convert them into chronic heart disease
(CHD) that may be difficult to treat in the latter part of your life. They may even paralyse your normal routine activities.
This statutory warning and precautionary note has come from senior cardiologists in the region on the eve of World Heart Day (falling on Sunday) this year 2009
World Heart Day Theme
The continuous slogan for World Heart Day is "A Heart for Life", each year
the Day is dedicated to a special theme, as listed below.
2011 One world, one home, one heart
2010 Workplaces Wellness: Take responsibility for your own heart health
2009 Follow the right lifestyle
2008 Know your Risk
2007 Team up for Healthy Hearts!
2006 How Young is Your Heart?
2005 Healthy Weight, Healthy Shape
2004 Children, Adolescents and Heart Disease
2003 Women, Heart Disease and Stroke
2002 Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition
2001 A Heart for Life
2000 Physical Activity
World Heart Day
to create awareness
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared September 27 as World Heart Day to create awareness about taking proper care of
heart to avoid various cardiovascular diseases that have become the major killers in the world. As per WHO figures, heart diseases and
stroke are the first and second leading causes of death for adult men and women in developed countries. The recent WHO projections
estimate the number of patients with chronic heart disease (CHD) to cross over two million in a year in India by 2010.
Preventive measures (lifestyle and diets)
Regular physical activity ,
Inclusion of vegetables, fruits and fibres in the diet , Inclusion of fish and fish oils in the non-vegetarian diet ,
Avoiding junk foods, alcohol and tobacco consumption ,
Including whole grain cereals and nuts (unsalted) in the diet
The negative lifestyles associated
with depression, smoking, alcoholism, lack of exercise, poor diet and lack of social support increase the risk of heart
disease and interfere with treatment.
Smoking increase the risk of heart attack by 5
times. Quitting smoking at any age nullifies this risk in 3 years. Even reducing smoking to a minimum helps.
If you are a diabetic your chance of having a heart attack in the next 7 years in 10 times more than a non-diabetic.
Psycho-social stress is an important risk factor in the causation of heart attacks. It leads to increased secretion of adrenalin, chronic stress
raises the blood pressure, invites diabetes and constricts the arteries of heart.
Pollution with finely particulated fumes leads to heart attacks.
Illnesses like influenza, common during season change, may cause heart attack in high risk individuals.
High blood pressure leads to heart attack. The normal blood pressure at all ages is less
than 120/80 mms Hg. Every 20 mms increase in systolic and 10 mms diastolic pressure beyond this level doubles the risk of a heart attack
and stroke. Low levels of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol), associated with higher chance of getting a heart attack.
Eat less salt.The World Health Organization recommends a maximum quantity of 5
grams of salt a day, which is about a teaspoonful.
Heart attacks in any age
Heart disease affects not only the problem of middle and older
age but can occur early in life, even in childhood. Heart attacks can even happen to people their 20s and 30s, from unusually high cholesterol levels that are hereditary.
High – paced, stressful lifestyles with irregular eating habits and lack of exercise are one of the causes of coronary
artery disease striking early. Adopting a healthy lifestyle early in life works better than changing one’s lifestyle later in life.
Heart attacks found
more in women
Some of the major causes of coronary diseases among Indian women are diabetes, high cholesterol level or dyslipidemia, smoking, bad metabolism and premature menopause or estrogen
deficiency. The modern Indian woman is subjected to excessive stress at home and at work. Overworking, under-resting and a higher level of frustration at work bring about
greater aggression and take a toll on the quality of
life. As smoking is common among the new generation of younger Indian women, pre-menopausal smokers are thrice at risk of heart diseases than men.
Be aware of your risk
Know your Blood
Pressure: High blood pressure can cause a sudden stroke or heart attack.
Know your blood sugar: Raised blood glucose ( Diabetes
) increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Know your blood lipids: Raised blood cholesterol increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Eat healthy: Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a variety of whole grains.
Regular exercise: Make exercise a regular part of your life.
Drink lots of water daily: At least six glasses a day.
Reduce salt intake: Less salt intake can help to reduce blood pressure.
Watch your cholesterol: Avoid foods containing saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol.
Maintain a healthy weight: By avoiding obesity and overweight, you’ll reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Check up regularly: Get your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels tested regularly