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World Heart Day 29th Sept - Are You At Risk?


Founded in 2000 by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day, 29th Sept is an annual platform to raise awareness of the world’s biggest killer, cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease claims 17.3 million lives each year. We know this is a big number, but it may be difficult to put into context. So allow us…




Worldwide premature deaths caused by cardiovascular disease:

17,300,000 every year

47,397 every day

1974 every hour

33 every minute

1 person dies every 2 seconds from a heart attack or stroke


Further cardiovascular disease facts:

  • 31% of global deaths are due to cardiovascular disease
  • The World Heart Federation predicts this annual death toll will rise to 23 million by 2030
  • The UK economy suffers a cost of £15 billion every year due to cardiovascular disease cases
  • The number of people with uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure) has risen from 6 million to 1 billion since 1980 up until 2008
  • At least 80% cardiovascular disease related deaths are preventable simply by addressing behavioural risk factors


So how can you minimise your risk?

Smoking: Contact your GP for advice on quitting smoking as this will raise your risk significantly.

Alcohol: Follow the governments recommended guidelines of no more that 14 units per week for both men and women, spread over at least 3 days with 2 consecutive alcohol free days.

Exercise: Do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise.

Food: Eat REAL food and decrease intake of salt and sugar. Consume at least 5 portions of fruit and veg each day and eat plenty of fibre.


Minimising your risk of cardiovascular disease is vital if you want to live a full, happy and healthy life. So what are you waiting for?


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