World Heart Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in September every year (September 28 in 2008). This system was chosen so that it always falls on a day when many individuals and families are free to attend the organized activities. Many events take place on the day itself, or in the weeks leading up to or just following World Heart Day.
World Heart Federation members, comprising 196 cardiology societies and heart foundations in more than 100 countries, organize activities for World Heart Day. A large number of non-members, whether hospitals, cardiac clinics, universities, schools, individuals and a number of other organizations, also join in by organizing events.
While the continuous slogan for World Heart Day is "A Heart for Life", each year the Day is dedicated to a special theme, as listed below.
Women and Cardiovascular DiseaseThe World Heart Federation is committed to saving the lives of both men and women, and acknowledges that women's cardiovascular health is an under-recognized aspect of cardiovascular care worldwide. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are among the foremost health challenges for women, just as they are for men. Women are known to have a different risk profile compared with men, and this has implications for gender differences in risk definition, possible differences in intervention targets and risk modification. Women also have difficulties with access to care.
WHF develops international activities to raise public awareness about the CVD and stroke issue among women.
Children and Youth A healthy heart is vital for living life to the full, regardless of age and gender. Unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and smoking are the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. These unhealthy lifestyles are increasingly common among children and teenagers and are being adopted at an alarmingly early age. WHF creates awareness all over the world, to show how important it is for children and youths to have a healthy heart for life.
The World Heart Federation, sanofi-aventis and Boehringer Ingelheim Announce Collaboration on Worldwide AF Awareness Campaign.
Mar 02, 2011; The World Heart Federation, sanofi-aventis and Boehringer Ingelheim have announced their collaboration on the AF AWARE (Atrial...