According to the World Health Organization:
- Over 17.5 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year, making it the leading cause of death and disability in the world.
- 1 in 3 deaths globally are as result of cardiovascular disease, yet the majority of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable.
- In the United States, non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, are estimated to account for 88% of total adult deaths
- Cardiovascular disease account for nearly a third (31%) of these deaths.
The health of the cardiovascular system is extremely important, yet has been overlooked to the point of this epidemic. Just think about how many people you know in your life that are at risk for cardiovascular complications, like those who:
- Smoke or drink alcohol heavily
- Sufferer from obesity
- Struggle with hypertension
… you may even recognize these risk factors in yourself.
Something needs to happen.
The World Heart Federation notes that the most preventable prevalent cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease, and can be controlled simply by establishing a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, decreasing tobacco and alcohol use and closely monitoring blood pressure.
Tomorrow, September 29th 2016, is World Heart Day. We are encouraging you to take action and spread the word of the risks of cardiovascular disease to your patients, family and friends.
Take Part in the World Heart Federation’s Healthy Heart Selfie Campaign
Show the world the steps you’re taking to lead a heart-healthier life! Snap a picture and share on social media for a chance to be put on the World Heart Federation’s Wall of Selfies and social media pages.
- Follow the World Heart Federation on Twitter, @worldheartfed and Facebook.
- Use the hashtags #poweryourlife and #worldheartday to get in on the conversation.
- Encourage your followers and friends to post their own selfie to spread awareness and health to those you know and love!
Cardiovascular disease CAN be prevented. We hope you take the necessary steps towards a healthier, longer life and encourage others to do the same!