World Heart Day: Why Is Heart Health So Important?

September 29 is recognized as World Heart Day and we will discuss why heart health is so important, the heart conditions that affect our population most, and what activations are in place to drive home the key messages. To share in the conversion is Dr. Julia Rowe-Porter, Medical Epidemiologist at Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW).

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.