The heart is a powerful organ, pumping blood throughout the blood vessels and across your body in a regular and consistent rhythm. It works non-stop, everyday, your whole life—and you don’t even have to think about it.
Considering what your heart does for you, day in and day out, take a moment on September 29th to love your heart and celebrate World Heart Day! World Heart Day was created to inform people of the importance of taking care of your heart, and your health. Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year. In 2008, heart disease caused almost 25 percent of deaths—almost one in every four—in the United States.
Fortunately, there are many heart-healthy activities you can do to prevent health complications. According to the World Heart Federation at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled. To live a heart-healthy lifestyle means:
Making even just a few changes can help your heart. How will you take action on World Heart Day?
Want to know more?
Heart Disease: http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/
American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/
Million Hearts: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov