29 September: World Heart Day
The World Heart Day was celebrated on 29 September 2015 across the world with creating heart-healthy environments.
The purpose of the day is to ensure people participation across the globe in the world’s biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease (CVD).
The theme creating heart-healthy environments is chosen to remind the fact that 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke are avoidable.
Hence, creating heart-healthy environments is the key to curtail the menace across the world.
World Heart Day in India
On the occasion of the World Heart Day, health workers and NGO activists conducted many awareness campaigns across the country to spread awareness about CVD.
As per a recent report of Cardiology Society of India (CSI), CVD accounted for around 30 percent for all deaths in the country in 2014.
Further, more than one-third of Indian adults have hypertension, of which 60 per cent people are not even aware that they suffer from the condition.
At present hypertension is the biggest killer in the country.
World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives annually.
At the global level, the World Heart Federation (WHF) promotes observation of the day.
WHF is a Geneva-based non-governmental agency committed to fight heart related health risks across the world.
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Who: World Heart Day 2015
Where: Across the world
When: 29 September 2015