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World Heart Day 2011

29 September 2011
© World Heart Federation

 

Medtronic is proud to be a sponsor of World Heart Day globally.  Here is some information from the World Heart Federation on World Heart Day 2011; One World, One Home, One Heart.

Every year, 17.1 million lives are claimed by the global burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) – 82 percent of which occur in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The number of deaths due to CVD – especially in LMICs– is alarming and saddening.
Global leaders have recognized the urgency to prioritize Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) as a public health emergency. The first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs was held in September 2011, where global leaders convened to discuss how to address this growing public health concern.  You can read about Medtronic’s response to this meeting here.
However, the burden of CVD does not rest only with policy makers and global leaders.  Individuals must also prioritize their own heart health and take vital steps to reduce their risk.
The majority of CVD is caused by risk factors, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, being overweight, smoking, lack of physical activity or the presence of diabetes. These risk factors can be controlled, treated or modified through steps taken by individuals within their home-life, such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and avoiding tobacco.
This year, on the occasion of World Heart Day, the World Heart Federation together with its members is calling on individuals and families to take better care of their own and each other’s heart health in the home, in order to live longer and healthier lives.  Here are some things you can do to lower the risk:
  • Ban smoking from your home – Tobacco causes one-fifth of CVD worldwide.  The risk of coronary heart disease is cut by half one year after quitting. 15 years after quitting, the risk is nearly the same as someone who never smoked.
  • Stock your home with healthy food options – A healthy diet low in saturated fats, salts and refined carbohydrates, and rich in fruit and vegetables helps prevent CVD.
  • Be active – Just 30 minutes of activity on most – if not all – days of the week can help to prevent heart attacks and strokes. However, in many cultures the home has become a setting in which sedentary lifestyles are adopted, with televisions and computers used regularly as a form of relaxation. Families should limit the amount of time spent in front of the TV to less than two hours per day.
  • Know your numbers – visit your healthcare professional who can measure your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, together with a waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index (BMI).

Click here to find out more about the World Heart Federation.

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