World Heart Day is a global initiative to create awareness around the world about heart diseases. The World Heart Federation (WHF) came in together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and announced the World Heart Day in 1999. Hence, celebrated every last Sunday of September annually since 1999.
World Heart’s Day Background
Antoni Bayés de Luna, president of WHF from 1997–99 developed the idea of this annual event. This day aims to improve health globally by encouraging people to change their lifestyles. Also, aware of them by the ways to be good to your heart. It’s the perfect platform for the community to come together in the battle against cardiovascular diseases.
Heart diseases are the world’s leading cause of death. At least 80 percent of all premature deaths are caused by heart disease and stroke. Although, it can be avoided if smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, air pollution, etc are at bay. Furthermore, Heart diseases cause 17.9 million lives each year.
It’s a campaign where communities participate in activities to take off their hearts and that of others. Also, The World Heart Federation organizes awareness events in more than 100 countries. They include: Health checks, Sports events, including walks, runs and fitness sessions, Public talks and science forums, Stage shows and concerts, Exhibitions.
The level of involvement enables information to reach every corner. Heart diseases also have an extensive impact on the economy since the health care cost associated with much greater than usual. World Health Organisation has continued to sponsor the event ever since the start and also been a part of assembling and distorting information.
Each year has its specific theme. However, the given theme communicates the focus of that year’s celebration. WHO is supporting governments around the world to increase the efforts on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases by these three packages:
- POWER for tobacco control
- SHAKE for salt reduction
- HEARTS for strengthening of CVD management in primary health care
Spreading Awareness about Heart’s Health
The global hearts initiative has been spreading its roots in some countries. Health care workers are training for better and affordable treatments. Meanwhile, also helping patients to recover following a heart attack or stroke. They also use social media to bring awareness to everyone. Some famous monuments opted to go red to show their support.
The theme for the year 2020 is ‘Use Heart to Beat’. We all are stuck in unpredictable times. However, the times of COVID-19 has already made us all realize the importance of doctors, health workers, nurses etc. Because they have been fighting against the deadly virus very closely to shield the citizens. The theme inspires everyone to use their heart to think for their health, to influence and for compassion. Therefore, this will allow them to think about their present and future to change for a better quality of life and a healthy life.
Spreading awareness about the cause is the only thing this day demands. Therefore, we can spread awareness through various ways – joining webinars, having debates, charities, donation, resolving to worship our bodies and take care of it.
AUTHOR: VARNIKA NAROTA