World Heart Day

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World Heart Day - 29 SeptemberWorld Heart Day is globally held on the last Sunday of September each year to inform people about cardiovascular diseases, which are the biggest cause of death worldwide. The event also aims to promote preventative measures that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

World Heart Day

World Heart Day is globally held on the last Sunday of September each year to inform people about cardiovascular diseases, which are the biggest cause of death worldwide. The event also aims to promote preventative measures that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.3 million lives a year. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.

In partnership with WHO, the World Heart Federation organizes awareness events in more than 100 countries - including health checks, organized walks, runs and fitness sessions, public talks, stage shows, scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, carnivals and sports tournaments.

World Heart Day Dates

Weekday Date Year Name

SunSep 261999World Heart Day

SunSep 242000World Heart Day

SunSep 302001World Heart Day

SunSep 292002World Heart Day

SunSep 282003World Heart Day

SunSep 262004World Heart Day

SunSep 252005World Heart Day

SunSep 242006World Heart Day

SunSep 302007World Heart Day

SunSep 282008World Heart Day

SunSep 272009World Heart Day

SunSep 262010World Heart Day

SunSep 252011World Heart Day

SunSep 302012World Heart Day

SunSep 292013World Heart Day

SunSep 282014World Heart Day

SunSep 272015World Heart Day

What do people do?

Many people around the world unite with governments and non-government organizations celebrate and promote World Heart Day each year. Activities include fun runs, public talks, concerts, and sporting events. The World Heart Federation organizes awareness events in more than 100 countries. They include:

  • Health checks.
  • Organized walks, runs and fitness sessions.
  • Public talks.
  • Stage shows.
  • Scientific forums.
  • Exhibitions.
  • Concerts.
  • Carnivals.
  • Sports tournaments.

These activities are done in partnership with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health.

Public life

World Heart Day is a global observance but it is not a public holiday.


Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain so, according to WHO. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2005, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:

  • Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
  • Smoking.
  • Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
  • Overweight.
  • Obesity.
  • Physical inactivity.

World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death. Together with organizations such as WHO, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – which are tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – are controlled. World Heart Day started in 1999 and is held on the last Sunday of September every year.


Various leaflets, posters, brochures and other material used to promote World Heart Day show images of people taking steps towards healthier living through activities such as exercise, as well as eating healthy and nutritious food. The heart symbol is also seen in promotional material.

What We Do

Each year 17.1 million people die of cardiovascular disease, 80% in the developing world.

The World Heart Federation exists to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and action, promoting the exchange of information, ideas and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting healthy diets, physical activity and tobacco free living at an individual, community and policy maker level. Our work is organized in four programme areas.


World Heart DayCelebrated annually, events are run in more than 100 countries worldwide. Engaging governments,healthcare professionals, employers, NGOs and individuals to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and make it a global health priority.

Go Red for WomenCreated by the American Heart Association, it is a multinationalcampaign targeting women to increase awareness and understanding that cardiovascular disease is their number one killer. Community-based programmes reach women in innovative ways throughout low- and middle-income countries.

Children and YouthThe unhealthy lifestyles that lead to cardiovascular disease often begin in childhood and adolescence, so that prevention of heart disease must begin there.
The World Heart Federation works to prevent tobacco use and promote healthy diets and physical activity among children and youth.

Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.

World Heart Day will take place on 29 September each year.

National activities such as public talks and screenings, walks and runs, concerts or sporting events  are organized worldwide by members and partners of the World Heart Federation.

In 2010, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of World Heart Day the World Heart Federation launched the ‘State of the Heart’ CVD Report.

Cardiovascular disease causes 29 per cent of all deaths globally each year, making it the world’s number one killer.

Global leaders have recognized the urgency to prioritize the prevention and control of CVD together with the other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes; by holding the first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs in September.

However, it is important that efforts to fight CVD do not rest only with policy makers and global leaders. Individuals throughout the world can also reduce the CVD burden, by learning about the risk factors and taking vital steps to reduce their own and their family’s risk.

As a hub for family activities, and as a focal point in everyone’s life, the household is the perfect place to start taking action to improve heart health. That is why this year, for World Heart Day, the World Heart Federation and its members are focusing their efforts on the home.  By adapting a few household behaviours, people all over the world can have longer and better lives through the prevention and control of heart disease and stroke. 

Every year, 17.1 million lives are claimed by the global burden of cardiovascular disease, with 82 per cent of deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

This excessive number of deaths is particularly saddening, since through steps such as eating a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoiding tobacco, the majority of these deaths could be prevented. 

However, not all heart events are preventable.  It is therefore important to know what action to take should a heart attack or ischaemic stroke, occur in the home.  If you suspect a family member of having a heart attack or stroke, seek medical help immediately.

Over 70 per cent of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.

Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke

Warning Signs of Heart Attack Include:-

    Chest discomfort, including squeezing or pain in the centre of the chest between the breasts or behind the breastbone
    Discomfort and/or pain spreading to other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
    Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

Other signs include: unexplained weakness or fatigue, anxiety or unusual nervousness, indigestion or gas-like pain, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness and collapse

Warning Signs of a Stroke Include:-

    Sudden weakness of the face, arm, or leg, most often on one side of the body
    Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
    Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
    Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If experiencing any of these signs, which could come and go, call your emergency services/ambulance immediately.  If there is no emergency response number, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

CVD risk factors include:

    High blood pressure
    Being overweight
    High blood cholesterol
    Tobacco use
    Lack of physical activity
    Presence of diabetes

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