World Heart Day is celebrated each year on September 29.
This special day was created in 2000 to bring awareness to people around the world that heart disease and stroke are the world's leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising. By 2030, it is expected that 23 million people will die from a Cardio Vascular Disease annually. At least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.
Public talks and health screenings, walks and runs, concerts or sporting events are organized worldwide by members and partners of the World Heart Federation.
For more information, visit World Heart Federation