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World Heart Day is observed on 29 September every year.

According to the World Heart Federation (WHF), World Heart Day is a very important occasion as cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still one of the severe causes of death. Therefore, in order to raise awareness around how to take care of one’s heart, World Heart Day is observed every year on 29th of September.

History of World Heart Day

The history of World Heart Day goes back to 1999, when World Heart Federation (WHF) along with the World Health Organisation (WHO) founded this day. The main idea of was conceived by Antoni Bayés de Luna, who was the president of WHF from 1997-2011. The first World Heart Day was observed on 24 September, 2000, and since then, this day continues to be observed all around globe to raise awareness regarding a healthy heart.

Significance of World Heart Day

This day has a lot of significance as according to the World Heart Federation, this day informs people all around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world's number one cause of death. Therefore, this day highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. At the same time, this day also aims to educate people by telling them that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

Theme of World Heart Day 2021

As every year, a theme is decided, hence this year’s theme is ‘Use Heart to Connect’. The idea behind this theme is to find innovative ways to connect people to heart health; especially in lower resource areas and communities. Also, with this theme, one can use their knowledge to influence their loved ones and also the communities around them to live heart-healthy lives. Not only this, this year’s theme is also emotional in nature as it is also about connecting with our own hearts, and making sure that we're fuelling and nurturing them as best we can.

Keywords: World Heart Day, World Heart Federation, World Health Organisation, Jeart, Health, Fitness, Prevention.



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