World Heart Day | 29 September

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 in Health Topics

World Heart Day  |  29 September

September 29, 2013, will mark the 14th observance of World Heart DayExternal Web Site Icon. Each year, the World Heart FederationExternal Web Site Icon sponsors this event to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death. The observance takes place on the last Sunday in September every year.

For World Heart Day 2013, the World Heart Federation is focusing on heart health across the lifespan, beginning before birth and continuing throughout life. Many early deaths caused by heart disease and stroke are preventable, according to the World Heart Federation and the latest report from CDC Vital Signs. That’s why you should start heart-healthy habits as early as possible and continue them throughout your life.

World Heart Day 2013 also focuses, as it did in 2012, on women and children.

What factors contribute to Heart Health?

Lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, stress, smoking and an unhealthy diet can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol which subsequently may cause heart disease and heart attacks.

Cardiovascular disease awareness is on the map this month as the world gears up to celebrate World Heart Day on 29 September.

In South Africa specifically, statistics show that about 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes occur daily. This means that 10 people suffer a stroke and five people have a heart attack every hour.