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World Heart Day 2021: Heart Disease Claims 18.6m Lives Yearly

World Heart Day is observed annually on September 29 to spread awareness about the importance of keeping the heart fit as it’s one of the most important organs that deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells and also removes waste products. Any sign of heart trouble should be taken seriously as it is linked to one’s longevity and survival.

This year, the World Heart Day is marked under the theme ‘USE HEART TO CONNECT – Harnessing the power of digital health to improve awareness, prevention, and management of CVDs’.

In the wake of the current Covid-19 pandemic as people manoeuvre through this paradigm shift involving the new normal, it’s vital that people stay calm collectively and make a conscious effort to balance work and life. Hence, it’s important to eat right and come to terms with one’s health, lifestyle and take care of your heart.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the world’s number one killer, and an estimated 17.9 million people died from CVDs in 2016, representing 31 per cent of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85 per cent were due to heart attack and stroke.

For people living with heart disease, Covid-19 has presented multiple challenges. Many have been afraid to attend routine and doctor consultations and have become isolated from friends and family.

World Heart Day can be promoted by organising health checks, fitness sessions, public talks, or through posters, leaflets, brochures and other methods.

Also, it is the perfect day to pledge about improving health, make lifestyle changes, get exercising and start eating healthy.

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