World Heart Day: The Importance Of Taking Care Of Your Heart

By: Milton, Diamond

Published On: September 28, 2021

Heart disease remains the world’s number one killer on the ground with more than 18 million deaths every year. India is second only behind China with the most heart-related deaths reported in a year. 

As per a Times of India report, current estimates suggest that India will soon have the highest number of heart disease cases in the world. According to the Indian Heart Association, 50% of all heart attacks in Indians occur under 50 years of age and 25% of all heart attacks in Indians occur under 40 years of age.

Heart disease is increasing in the younger generation with a significant risk in both males and females. More and more young Indians are suffering from coronary artery disease, owing to hectic lifestyles, workplace stress, unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise. 

However, health consciousness is slowly growing among Indians who have realised the importance of a healthy heart. According to Economic Times, a survey conducted across metro cities in India confirmed that being healthy was a top priority among Indians. Over 70% of Indians were focusing on dietary changes to improve overall health, immunity and lower stress and anxiety especially due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today, September 29, is celebrated as World Heart Day, let us learn everything about this day, its history, how it's celebrated, the role of crowdfunding and a few tips on having a healthier heart: 

Why do we celebrate World Heart Day

World Heart Day is celebrated and observed on September 29 to acknowledge the importance of heart health. Raising awareness around cardiovascular disorders and their prevention has become more significant than ever.

The theme of World Heart Day this year is- "Use heart to connect"Simply put, the theme’s core message is about connecting people to heart health through digital means to educate them about its importance. It’s also about using your knowledge, compassion and influence to make sure you, your loved ones and your community have the best chance to live heart-healthy lives. 

History behind World Heart Day

The World Health Organization (WHO) joined hands with the World Heart Federation (WHF) to raise public awareness about heart disease in 1999. Together they announced World Heart Day as a way to promote the importance of a healthy heart and as a result, World Heart Day was celebrated for the first time in September 2000.  

How is it celebrated around the world?

People all over the world celebrate World Heart Day in different ways. The primary goal is to spread awareness about cardiovascular diseases. Here are some activities associated with World Heart Day: 

  • Exercising regularly

On this day, NGOs motivate people to exercise regularly and also arrange sports activities for people to involve exercise in their daily routine. Research has proved that regular exercise improves factors linked to cardiovascular health, resulting in lower blood pressure, healthier cholesterol levels, and better blood sugar regulation. Moreover, it's also a welcome change from the daily routine of life!

  • Health check-ups

On this day, local NGOs arrange health camps and heart checks for people. They ask people to conduct health checkups once in a while irrespective of their age or gender. Checkups like these not only help in detecting heart disease at the earliest but also in diagnosing potential life-threatening health conditions.

  • Attending webinars

With advancement in technology, many medical experts and heart surgeons use various platforms to educate the public about heart disease on this day. For instance, a webinar on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training; performing CPR can help maintain blood flow to the heart and brain during a cardiac arrest. Most cardiac arrests occur at any given time or place and hence, performing CPR can help buy time until paramedics arrive at the scene of an emergency. 

  • Fundraising for heart diseases

On World Heart Day NGOs organize fundraising activities to unite people in the fight against cardiovascular diseases. Local NGOs organize walkathons, marathons and concerts on this day to raise funds in support of heart disease patients. 

Another option is online crowdfunding where people from around the world can come together to raise funds for heart diseases. Over the years, generous donors on ImpactGuru have helped patients with various heart diseases get their treatment on time by raising funds on behalf of them. 10-year-old Amrutha from Hyderabad was able to raise Rs 49.07 lakhs for her heart transplant with the support of donors who shared her story and contributed generously.

How to take care of your heart?

Exercising itself won’t decrease the risk of heart disease, there are many things that come into factor while taking care of your heart. We have prepared a list of few tips which will help in reducing your chances of getting heart disease:

  1. Avoid Sitting For Long Periods of Time

Staying seated for long periods of time can have a negative effect on your health. Studies have found prolonged sitting contributed to a higher risk of cardiovascular events in people. To avoid this, make it a goal to move more throughout the day. At the office, take short walks every 30 minutes or you could also consider using a standing desk.

  1. Follow A Heart-Healthy Diet

The food you eat has an impact on your heart too, firstly reduce your salt and sugar intake. Excess salt can cause blood pressure fluctuations which increases the development of heart problems whereas excess sugar is turned into fat in your body and can also add up as a risk factor for diabetes. Consume fruits and vegetables at least 5 times a day because they contain lots of fiber that supports heart health. 

  1. Get A Good Night’s Rest

No matter how healthy your other habits are, getting a good night’s rest is the final piece of the puzzle. Research shows that people who sleep less than six hours a night tend to have more cardiovascular risks than those who sleep longer. In other words, getting enough sleep can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure level and also control your blood sugar level. 

Following these tips will help you have a healthier heart as well as a positive lifestyle overall. On this World Heart Day, let us motivate ourselves as well as others to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. 

If you want to make a lasting impact and help someone with an ailing heart, then consider starting a fundraiser with ImpactGuru on behalf of a heart disease patient or you could also donate to fundraisers for heart awareness and treatments.

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