World Heart Day

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016


St. John Ambulance has a great article on the importance of this day and what it represents. Here it is below.

Founded in 2000 and taking place each year on September 29th, World Heart Day is here to inform and educate people around the globe about heart disease and stroke. Each year, World Heart Day takes on a different theme, reflecting the current landscape and speaking to key issues. This year’s theme is Power your Life.

Heart disease and stroke remain the leading causes of death and hospitalization, in addition to the biggest driver of prescription drug use in Canada. Here are some eye opening stats, according to

•    An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease or the effects of a stroke
•    More than 400,000 Canadians are living with long-term stroke disability
•    In 2012, more than 66,000 Canadians died from heart disease or stroke. That’s one person every 7 minutes
•    Each year more than 350,000 Canadians are hospitalized for heart disease or stroke
•    Heart disease and stroke costs the Canadian economy more than $20.9 billion every year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity
•    By adopting healthy behaviours, you can delay the onset of heart disease or stroke by as much as 14 years
•    Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable by adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours

Despite these alarming numbers related to cardiovascular disease, positive life-saving strides have been made over the past 60 years, especially in Canada. In fact, death rates have declined more than 75%, largely due to advances in research, surgical procedures, drug therapies and prevention efforts! That’s why initiatives like World Heart Day are so important – they advance our knowledge and help shed light on a pressing global health crisis.

According to the World Heart Federation, at least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease can be avoided if these four main risk factors are controlled:

1.    Tobacco use
2.    Unhealthy diet
3.    Physical inactivity
4.    Harmful use of alcohol

Crucial to the success of World Heart Day is the support and proactivity of organizations across the globe. Along with their efforts, we need people just like you to get involved to help spread awareness about cardiovascular disease, the world’s number one killer! Ready to get active and support an amazing cause? Click here to go to the World Heart Federation website.

“This World Heart Day, we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves. Just a few simple steps such as eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall wellbeing.” – World Heart Federation

To see the original article please click here.

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