Thursday, September 18, 2014

Million Hearts in Colorado: September 29 is World Heart Day

September 29, 2014, will mark the 14th observance of World Heart Day. Each year, the World Heart Federation sponsors this event to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death.

Of the nearly 800,000 Americans who die of cardiovascular disease each year, three-quarters of them die of heart disease.1 The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease, which occurs when plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries carrying blood to the heart. Coronary artery disease can lead to heart attack, angina (chest pain), heart failure, and potentially dangerous changes in your heart rate or rhythm, called arrhythmia.

A stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts, causing parts of the brain to become damaged or die. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year.

For World Heart Day 2014, the World Heart Federation is focusing on creating heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day 2014 encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us.

There are many ways to get involved, including planning your own World Heart Day event.

Colorado participates in the Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. You can participate too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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