On September 29 every year, World Heart Day is observed to increase awareness in the public about cardiovascular diseases including their prevention and also their global impact.
World Heart Day was established in 1999, by the World Heart Federation (WHF) in association with the World Health Organization. WHF has continued to sponsor this annual event by collecting and distributing information by selecting a theme for the day every year.
History of World Heart Day
World Heart Day was established in the year 1999 by the World Heart Federation (WHF) in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). The idea for the origin of this day was conceived by Antoni Bayes de Luna, president of World Heart Federation (WHF) from 1997-1999.
Earlier, until 2011, World Heart Day was originally celebrated on the last Sunday of September with the first celebration taking place on 24th of September 2000. As per the data in the early 2000s roughly around 17 million people worldwide died from cardiovascular diseases each year.
Theme of World Heart Day 2020
This year the theme of World Heart Day is more significant as it has fallen in between the global health emergency situation caused by the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus (pandemic). No one knows what course this pandemic will take in the future but what we do know is that taking care of our hearts is more important now than ever.
The theme this year is “Use your heart to beat CVD” (cardiovascular diseases). CVD is the most known cause of death on Earth. It could be because of various issues such as smoking, diabetes, high B.P., unhealthy dietary patterns, pollution etc.
Quotes for World Heart Day
“Do what it takes to start, to have a healthy heart”
“No one can beat a healthy heart”
“Take care of your heart and don’t let it fall apart”
“To feel good from your head to your feet keep a healthy heart beat”
“Minimise red meat to keep a healthy heart beat”
“Let’s have a heart to heart about heart diseases”
“We are in a current situation where weight and extreme weight and heart disease is the biggest killer in the world today”
“Let’s defeat the heart diseases, let’s defeat, and keep a healthy heart beat’
“The medical history says that the most useful ways to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases are through healthy diet and exercises.”
Causes of Cardiovascular Diseases
There are many causes of cardiovascular diseases. The primary reasons for cardiovascular diseases could be lack of exercise, poor dietary patterns, smoking, etc. The lack of health care programs in developing countries is often regarded as one of the major causes of concern.
Cardiovascular diseases also impact the economy of the country because of the high healthcare costs associated with the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and also the lost productivity in the work.