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World Heart Day 2012

September 29, 2012

About World Heart Day


World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising.
By 2030, it is expected that 23 million people will die from CVDs annually – that is more than the population of Australia!

World Heart Day takes place on 29 September each year:
Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.

National activities such as public talks and screenings, walks and runs, concerts or sporting events  are organized worldwide by members and partners of the World Heart Federation.

World Heart Day 2012 key image and theme

This year in continuation from our 2011 theme of home heart health we will make 2012 the year of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention among women and children because: Women/children and CVD are not synonymous:

  • CVD is commonly considered an “older persons” and a “man’s” disease
  • Women underestimate their CVD risk; even though almost half of the 17.3 million annual deaths occur in women

 Children are particularly at risk, since they have little control over their environment and can be limited in choices to live heart­-healthily

 Unless action is taken to enable heart-­healthy activity, the children of today are at increased CVD risk later in life

 Women/mothers are often the « gate keeper » to their family’s health hence a key influencer in keeping their hearts healthy

  World Heart Day is supported globally by:

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