Observance of World Heart Day

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Heart health has become a major concern as statistics reveal that 17.3 million lives are lost worldwide each year due to heart strokes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). It’s estimated that by 2030, this figure will go up to 23 million people, according to Geneva-based NGO World Heart Federation (WHF).

The occasion of World Heart Day therefore comes to the prominence, with the aim to spread awareness about heart ailments.

Since its inception in September 2000, the World Heart Day has been celebrated each year with a theme which is closely related to heart health. The theme for World Heart Day this year is “creating heart healthy environments.”

WHF members have come together to inform that around 80 per cent of premature deaths caused by CVD could be prevented by four main risk triggering factors which include tobacco consumption, binge drinking, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.

The day’s celebrations are believed to be successful if organisations all around the world proactively participate and help in spreading the word that CVD is one of the major causes of deaths around the world.

All you need to do is follow a healthy diet which is balanced and contains all sorts of nutrients, antioxidants and good cholesterol referred to as the high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Also, make sure that you workout daily to keep you heart and body fit. Do visit your doctor for regular check-up every once in a while.

Ten tips for a healthy heart:

Quit smoking

Cut down on alcohol

Lower salt intake and high sodium foods

Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day

Eat more fish, fibre and fruits

Reduce stress – Get an engaging hobby

Get enough sleep

Do your yearly health check-ups

Be aware of heart disease and symptoms

If there’s a family history of heart disease, pay attention to your health.