What is the relevance of World Heart day
Heart diseases and heart problems account for one of the largest causes of in the world. They cause about one third of all deaths in the world and thus became the number one death causer. Most of the heart diseases and heart problems are contributed by wrong life styles, wrong food intake habits and avoidable habits like smoking. It was felt that proper awareness on this will help reduce fatalities related to cardio vascular diseases and problems. Towards this end World Heart Federation (WHF), in partnership with World Heath Organisation (WHO) organizes and observes the World Heart Day since 2000. Till last year the day was observed as last Sunday in September. But from this year onwards it will be always 29th September.
World Health Federation and activities for World Heart Day
World Health Federation aims at control and prevention of heart diseases by making campaigns and activities promoting awareness, information exchange among all who are involved in heart care (cardiovascular) and promoting health by proper diets and avoidance of tobacco use.
The activities relating to World Heart Day involve relevant events and campaigns in about 100 countries worldwide. In promoting awareness in women, the WHF is having a Go Red for Women campaign. WHF also conducts the World Congress on Cardiology ever two years.
What are the risk factors for heart
The following are some of the general risk factors for hear diseases.
What are symptom of heart attack
Some of the probable signs of a heart attack are:
What are symptoms of stroke
Some of the general symptoms of stroke are sudden feeling of:
What are the ways to be followed to prevent heart diseases
It is a relief to know that eighty percent of
Do not smoke or quit smoking.
Avoid smoking, or if already smoker, quit smoking forthwith. WHF says that the coronary disease risk is reduced by half just one year after quitting smoking and is same a of a non-smoker after fifteen years of quitting.
Follow healthy food habits
Foods with high saturated fat content and more salt have to be avoided or reduced. Foods should contain more fruits and vegetables. .This helps toa large extent in prevention of cardio vascular diseases.
Engaging in physical activity
Instead of sedentary routine, one has to involve in activities like walking, cycling, playing some games. WHF point that just 30 minutes of such activity a day can to a large extent prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Routine tests for risk indicators
One should periodically undergo tests levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar level, Body Mass Index and get it evaluated by a medical professional on the risks and suitable remedial measures to be taken under medical advice.
As per WHO the good news is that " 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable. Healthy diet, regular physical activity, and not using tobacco products are the keys to prevention.". It is our heart. Let us take care of it.
(image courtesy-thanks-World Heart Federation)