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World Heart Day is an annual observance that aims to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases (CVD), their prevention, and the importance of maintaining a healthy heart. Various initiatives are undertaken globally to emphasize the significance of adopting heart-friendly habits, including balanced diets, regular physical activity, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol consumption. CVD is the leading cause of mortality worldwide, accounting for 17.9 million deaths every year, many of which could be prevented through early intervention and appropriate lifestyle modifications.
Established in 2000 by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day has grown to become a major public health campaign that directly resonates with the European Union population. As studies have indicated, CVD accounts for 45% of all deaths in Europe, with the majority being caused by coronary heart disease and stroke. To combat this considerable health threat, the European Union has been actively investing in research and innovation, encouraging policy changes that promote CVD prevention, and emphasizing the importance of coordinated efforts for early detection and treatment.
World Heart Day is observed across the European Union through a range of activities designed to empower individuals to take ownership of their cardiovascular health. Events such as heart health campaigns, educational programs, and public health initiatives take place to inspire change and raise awareness. Additionally, communities, health organizations, and policymakers collaborate to drive further efforts in the prevention and management of CVD. World Heart Day is celebrated annually on September 29, providing an opportunity for collective reflection and action on one of Europe's most pressing health challenges.
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World Heart Day references and related siteswww.heart.org: National Heart Association world-heart-federation.org: World Heart Federation World Heart Day