World Heart Day

World Heart Day, created by the World Heart Foundation, informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. In May of 2012, world leaders committed to reducing death from non-communicable (not passed from person to person) diseases by 25% by 2025. CVD is the world’s number one killer as it is accountable for nearly half of all non-communicable disease deaths. Therefore, World Heart Day is the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite and fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden. World Heart Day is the biggest awareness-raising platform for Cardiovascular disease and is celebrated every year on September 29th

The Facts

By controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided

What is Cardiovascular Disease? CVD is a class of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels

More people die from CVD worldwide than from any other cause, which is over 18.6 million each year. Of those deaths, 85% are due to coronary heart diseases, such as heart attacks, and cerebrovascular diseases, such as strokes.

The human heart is the size of a fist and is the strongest muscle in the body

If you live to be 70, your heart will have beaten two and half million times

Your heart can become vulnerable from risk factors like smoking, eating an unhealthy diet, or living under stress

Your heart can also become weakened from pre-existing heart conditions, and other factors including hypertension or high blood cholesterol.

Different types of CVD include heart disease, heart attack, stroke, congenital heart disease, heart failure, heart valve disease, vascular disease, and so much more.

There are often no underlying symptoms of CVD, but the first sign can be a heart attack or stroke

To lower your risk of CVD, it is important to eat a healthy and balanced diet, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy body weight, avoid tobacco use, avoid excessive alcohol use, know your numbers: Blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar, take medication as prescribed, and know the warning signs.

Risk factors for CVD include: Family history, diabetes, physical inactivity, cholesterol, tobacco.

Additional Resources


Zoom Backgrounds
Virtual backgrounds are one of the easiest ways to spread awareness about World Heart Day! On September 29th you can replace your normal backdrop with a World Heart Day specific one! Get your friends and co-workers to share and join in to spread awareness!

Right-click the image then save as to your computer. Open your Zoom application and update your background to the file you saved from this page.

Social Media

Create a poster! Use THIS LINK to help you create your custom poster on the World Heart Day website. You will be able to add your own photo and create a statement about how you keep your heart healthy! Once you are finished, you will be able to download your poster and upload it on social media. DONT FORGET to tag SOMD and use the World Heart Day hashtags below.

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