World Heart Day is celebrated on September 29th.
Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CVD patients are more at risk of developing severe forms of the virus, but they may also be afraid to seek ongoing care for their hearts. As a community, we must be responsible and take care of our health and those who are high-risk.
This year’s campaign is asking to #UseHeart for society, your loved ones and you.
Use Heart is about using …
To understand what it takes to live a heart healthy life and to act on that knowledge, changing your behavior for a better quality of life now and in the future.
As an individual to set an example for your loved ones.
As a healthcare professional to help your patients make positive changes for their heart health.
As an employer to invest in the heart health of your employees.
As a government to implement policies and initiatives that will lead to better societal heart health, such as sugar taxes, smoking bans and reducing air pollution.
To look beyond the self and act in ways that support the most vulnerable in society; those with underlying heart-related conditions that may put them at greater risk in the time of COVID-19.