September 29th, 2021 is commemorated as World Heart Day. The commemorated event brings the theme “Use Heart to Connect”. This theme was chosen to represent how the information about Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) should be conveyed to the world, especially for those who live far from the information center. The main purpose is to increase people’s awareness about CVD, including its prevention and treatment.
What makes CVD become so urgent to discuss? Heart disease is one of the leading causes of increasing death rates every year. More specifically, CVD is a non-communicable disease (NCD) that causes the most deaths throughout the year, and it’s even estimated that more than half of NCD death case are caused by CVD. Quoted from the World Heart Federation, it is reported that each year, there are about 18.6 million deaths caused by CVD. Therefore, World Heart Day is commemorated as a form of support and prevention of this deadly disease, and is expected to reduce the number of lives claimed by this disease.
So, what exactly is CVD and why is it so dangerous?
CVD is an accumulation of heart and blood vessels disorder. Other heart disease such as coronary heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease are part of CVD. Most cases of death from the patient of CVD are caused by heart attacks and strokes. Symptoms that are usually appear from patients with heart attack including discomfort in the centre of the chest and/or pain or discomfort in the arms, the left shoulder, elbows, jaw, or back. While in patients with stroke, the following symptoms including numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body. The strategies that we can use to prevent CVD is to reduce the risk factors, such as tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol, and inadequate physical activities.
By commemorating the World Heart Day and spread the information about CVDs, together we can prevent and reduce the number of deaths caused by CVD. Use heart to connect.
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