Celebrating World Heart Day on September 29th
World Heart Day is a global campaign celebrated on the 29th of September every year with the aim of spreading awareness of cardiovascular disease and what can be done to prevent it. Cardiovascular disease is extremely prevalent and has now become the leading cause of death for men and women, causing 17.5 million deaths per year. Many different conditions such as heart disease, heart attack, stroke and other illnesses fall under the umbrella of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease may be avoided with lifestyle modifications. The World Heart Federation created World Heart Day to encourage others to take charge of their health and be their own advocates.
The theme of World Heart Day on September 29th, 2018 is “My Heart, Your Heart”. The campaign is centered around making simple promises to make changes in our lives, for your heart, for my heart, for all our hearts. Cardiovascular disease does not need to be the world’s number one killer and World Heart Day is dedicated to spreading that message. From committing to stop smoking, or making a pledge to eat healthier and exercise, any small change counts. This day also serves as a reminder to check your blood pressure, blood glucose levels, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI) to evaluate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Arizona Heart Foundation has been committed to fighting cardiovascular disease since its founding in 1971. In addition to training students in our School of Cardiac & Vascular Ultrasound, the Foundation also believes in the importance of public health education. The School is proud to provide free ultrasound scans to any member of the community willing to serve as a patient model. During these scans a medical diagnosis and consultation will not be given but individuals may be recommended to see their physician for advice. These scans are an excellent opportunity to play an active role in staying on top of your heart health!
World Heart Day is a great time to educate yourself about future health issues and commit to maintaining a healthier lifestyle to avoid cardiovascular disease. For more resources on World Heart Day check out the World Heart Federation website below. This September make a commitment… for your heart, for my heart, for all our hearts.