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World Heart Day is a global observance that aims to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death worldwide. The primary objective of this important annual event is to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, improve their heart health, and promote preventive measures against heart-related ailments. Emphasizing the importance of timely interventions, World Heart Day focuses on creating healthy environments for individuals and communities, thus contributing to the reduction of cardiovascular risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity.
The World Heart Federation, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), initiated World Heart Day in 2000 to address the surge in heart diseases and stroke cases globally. The situation in India is particularly alarming, as it is estimated that 17.8 million people in the country died from cardiovascular diseases in 2017, accounting for over 30% of all deaths. Lifestyle factors such as sedentary habits, unhealthy food choices, and high-stress levels, coupled with a genetic predisposition for heart diseases among Indians, underline the vital need for increased awareness and timely preventive measures.
Various public and private organizations in India actively participate in observing World Heart Day. A range of activities, including health check-up camps, marathons, cycling campaigns, and seminars, are organized to raise awareness and promote heart-healthy living. Central to these events is the emphasis on physical activity, balanced diets, regular health screenings, and stress management techniques as crucial aspects of maintaining overall well-being. As a yearly observance, World Heart Day is celebrated on the 29th of September across India, providing an opportunity for citizens to prioritize their heart health and make informed choices for a healthier future.
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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