How you can support this World Heart Day

Today (Wednesday 29th September) marks World Heart Day.

Did you know that heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives each year?

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control cardiovascular disease (CVD). It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

The World Heart Federation say there are three pillars to beat CVD, these are:

  1. Equity

Disconnected hearts are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke due to lack of access to CVD prevention, treatment and control – yet half the world’s population doesn’t have access to internet connectivity.

Technology and data will help us bridge the gap and do it fast. It is about enabling and empowering everyone, everywhere – young and old, men, women and children, patients, community health workers, doctors to use digital tools for better prevention, diagnosis and care of heart-related conditions.

Not all hearts are equal. But they should be… and digital health can help to redress the balance.

  1. Prevention

Look after your heart by eating a healthy diet, saying no to tobacco and getting plenty of exercise. Digital tools, like phone apps and wearables, can really help you to get motivated and stay on track.

If you have an underlying health condition, such as heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, don’t let COVID-19 stop you from attending your regular check-ups. And never avoid calling the emergency services if you need to – it’s safe and medical professionals are there for you.

  1. Community

There are 520 million people globally living with CVD that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in the last year. Due to increased vulnerability to more severe forms of COVID-19, this population has been told they are vulnerable, at-risk and should shelter in place.

There are many consequences of this, amongst them:

  • Missing medical appointments
  • Lack of contact with family and friends
  • Reduced physical exercise

Digital networks have the power to connect patients with families, friends, other patients, doctors and carers. No one should have to feel alone, pandemic or not, so let’s use technology to overcome isolation and gaps in care.

For more information on how you can get involved visit the World Heart Federation’s website.

At Pall Mall we have a team of highly experienced team cardiologists who can diagnose and treat heart conditions. To book an appointment with one of our heart specialists please visit our website.

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