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World Heart Day – Look after your heart

27 September 2018


Heart health is at the heart of all health

The heart is a highly complex organ – in fact, it’s the principal organ that keeps you alive. It’s roughly the size of your fist and located in the middle of your chest, tilting slightly to the left. It’s basically a pump made out of muscle that has two chambers, two valves and a powerful electrical conduction system that keeps it beating and doing its job. When your body is at rest, the heart beats approximately 70 times a minute, pumping blood all around your body.

When your heart is working properly, you don’t give much thought to it. But because of its complex structure and its critical importance, when it functions poorly the consequences are usually serious and sometimes even life-threatening. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year. That's a third of all deaths on the planet.

World Heart Day

29th September is World Heart Day, an initiative of the World Heart Federation. It’s the world’s biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke. In 2018, they’re asking people to make a promise to eat more healthily, to be more active and to say no to smoking. We’re honoured to join them in raising awareness on the importance of heart health.

Looking after your heart means eating and drinking well, exercising, and stopping smoking. This makes you not only healthier but also helps you feel good and enjoy your life to the fullest.

World Heart Day is a great day to start healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of heart disease.


This material is provided for informational/educational purposes only. It's not intended as medical/clinical advice.

The World Heart Federation
World Health Organization