We all know our hearts are important. The human heart pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. If the heart is not able to supply blood to the organs and tissues, they’ll die. The heart is our body’s engine and if it’s not healthy, we’re not healthy. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death and that is why Word Heart Day was created.
The World Heart Organization created and organizes World Heart Day every year to, “inform people about cardiovascular diseases, which are the biggest cause of death. The day promotes preventative measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases”, according to their website. World Heart Day started in 1999 and is held on the last Sunday of September every year. World Heart Day is a global observance, but it is not a public holiday. This year, World Heart Day is today, Sunday, September 29th, 2019.
About World Heart Day
The World Heart Organization (WHO) reports that “cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain”. Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:
- Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
- Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
It is our goal at Affinity to keep people as healthy as possible. Remember your heart and join us for one of our future blood pressure checks to make sure we celebrate World Heart Day by keeping our hearts healthy.