World Health Organization is calling on countries to take action to reduce heart disease in women on World Heart Day this year. Cardiovascular diseases are a major health problem among women and remain under-recognized and under-treated, said a statement by Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO regional director for South-East Asia. Risk factors for heart disease in women mirror those in men and include lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, obesity, harmful alcohol use and physical inactivity, as well as physiological risk factors such as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus. Additionally, in the South-East Asia region, exposure to household air pollution from using solid fuels for cooking substantially increases the risk of heart disease in women. In the WHO South-East Asia region, cardiovascular diseases cause an estimated 3.7 million deaths annually, one fourth of all deaths. The majority of premature deaths due to cardiovascular disease can be prevented through simple measures such as consuming a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco and alcohol and by managing stress, the statement said. "The WHO has set a target for reducing premature mortality from cardiovascular disease and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 percent by 2025 and has developed a regional action plan to achieve this target," said Khetrapal.Source: IANS << Some 'Longtime Smokers' Appear to Have Healthy Lungs Study Reveals How Creativity Could Lead To Dishonesty >> Recommended Reading Study Hold Answers About How Our Heart Pumps: Heart Research A new study provides a new understanding of what makes our hearts pump, which could also help uncover new information about heart disease. READ MORE New Test May Help Reveal Genetic Risk Behind Heart Diseases Knowing the genetic reasons behind heart disease may lead to improved preventive measures. Thus, researchers have developed a once-in-a-lifetime test for that. READ MORE Manipal Hospitals Enters 'India/ Asia Book Of Records' With 10,732 Free Heart Screenings The campaign was an attempt to encourage people to follow a healthy lifestyle and adopt preventive measures, to ensure a heart healthy nation. READ MORE Apple Watch Heart Rate Monitor Saves Life Of a 18-Year-Old In The US The watch indicated the teen's heart rate was 145 beats per minute. Later he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which could cause all the vital organs to fail. READ MORE Aortic Valve Stenosis Aortic valve Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the c valve. Symptoms include angina, and that of heart failure. Aortic valve replacement is effective therapy. READ MORE Does Oral Health Affect Your Heart? Oral health has been noted as the key factor before and after experiencing heart diseases. Maintaining good oral health can help prevent risks of heart diseases. READ MORE Healthy Gifting Ideas for Diwali Diwali, the festival of lights is round the corner. Take a fat free route when it comes to gifting this Diwali. Go the untraditional way and gift your near and dear ones with the gift of health. READ MORE Mitral Valve Prolapse Mitral Valve Prolapse is a relatively common condition and causes leakage of blood through the valve. MVP is not life-threatening in most instances. READ MORE Pericarditis Pericarditis occurs when the pericardium gets inflamed. Pericarditis is characterized by severe chest pain. READ MORE Statins Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms but also offering several health benefits. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Sanatogen Accident and Trauma Care Drug Interaction Checker More News on: HeartHealthy HeartStatinsMitral Valve ProlapseAortic Valve StenosisPericarditisHealthy Gifting Ideas for DiwaliDoes Oral Health Affect Your Heart?