World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising. By 2030, it is expected that 23 million people will die from cardiovascular disease annually – that is more than the population of Australia!
National activities such as public awareness lectures, and health screenings are taking place around the world. The focus of this year’s events will be to educate a person how to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, throughout one’s life.
The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD) – including heart disease and stroke - with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. It aligns its efforts around the World Health Organization’s related target of reducing premature CVD mortality of 25% by 2025.
The World Heart Federation works to build global commitment to addressing cardiovascular health at the policy level, generates and exchanges ideas, shares best practice, advances scientific knowledge and promotes knowledge transfer to tackle cardiovascular disease- the number one killer. For more information on cardiovascular risk factors, prevention and treatment, visit the World Heart Federation as well as your local chapter of the American Heart Association and Stroke Association .