- World Heart Day 2016 is celebrated
to raise awareness about the need to look after the heart and lower the
risk of heart disease.
- The theme for this year's World
Heart Day is 'Power your life'
- Quitting smoking, eating a healthy
diet and maintaining a healthy weight are key factors to a healthy heart.
and stroke lead to the loss of 17.3 million lives every year, with an expected
increase in premature deaths due to heart conditions rising to about 23 million
by the year 2030. This is a reflection of the poor lifestyle habits that are
rampant in society and which stress the need to focus on heart health. The
World Heart Day aims at raising awareness about leading a heart healthy life
that hopes to lower the risk of premature death due to heart conditions.
World Heart Day
Heart Day was started in the year 2000 and was
proposed by Antoni Bayés de Luna who was the President of the World Heart
Foundation. It was initially celebrated on the last Sunday of September but
since the year 2011, it is celebrated every 29th
‘Quit smoking - this is the biggest first step to decreasing your risk for heart disease.’
Theme for World Heart
Day 2016- Power your Life
The theme for
World Heart Day is based on focusing attention on key aspects that will help in
improving heart health.
This year's theme is 'power your life' which is aimed at understanding the
risk for a
. This would mean
The battery of
tests that are carried out by a cardiologist will help in understanding the
level of risk to the heart which is essential to protect the heart. Knowledge
about the state of one's heart will power the individual to lead a more healthy lifestyle that will lower the risk for a heart
The President of
the Association of Hospital, India, Dr. PM Bhujang said "Your heart is a very
important muscle in your body. It is constantly working, yet it never gets
tired. Sometimes people may get heart disease. The aim is to improve health by
encouraging people to indulge in healthy eating habits and lead a healthy lifestyle.
This helps your heart to beat normally, keeping it healthy & strong and
also keeps your body strong."
specifically about the World Heart Day, Dr Bhujang added "Heart Day was
initiated to spread one message that heart problems can now be prevented. So
this World Heart Day, let's make sure we all take action to keep our hearts
healthy and make a lasting difference to our health"
of Heart Disease Using Easy Lifestyle Hacks
- Stop Smoking Cigarettes: Quitting smoking will
greatly lower the risk for heart disease.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: A diet is a very important component in maintaining good
health. A heart healthy diet that is low in fried food and high in nutrition
will not only benefit the heart but the whole body.
- Quit Alcohol: Quitting alcohol is another sure fire step to a heart healthy
- Lower Stress: A stress free life, though impossible, is an ideal setting
for good heart health. Taking up Yoga or
tai chi would set the pace for lowering stress.
- Stay Physically Active: Staying
active will keep the heart pumping well and even a moderate
amount of exercise everyday will lower the risk of premature death due to
A healthy heart
forms the core of good health and well being, therefore, it should be rendered
the importance it deserves by treating it right. All it takes are small
modifications in the lifestyle of an individual which could pave the way for
pumping good health.
- Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention - http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/LifeAfteraHeartAttack/Lifest
- About World Heart Day - (http://www.myheart.org.sg/article/community-
- Take action! - (http://www.world-
- World Heart Day - (http://www.world-heart-federation.org/what-we-do/world-heart-day/)