FRIDAY September 29 commemorates the 17th World Heart Day.
World Heart Day was established to raise global awareness of the importance of paying attention to our heart health and our risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is the world’s biggest killer.
CVD causes 31 per cent of all deaths globally, resulting in 17.5 million deaths every year.
The percentage of deaths caused by CVD across Spanish autonomous communities are as follows:
Above the national average:
Andalucia – 32.67 per cent
Principado de Asturias – 32.38 per cent
Aragon – 31.61 per cent
La Rioja –30.65 per cent
Extremadura – 30.50 per cent
ComunitatValenciana – 30.33 per cent
Galicia – 30.05 per cent
Castilla y Leon – 29.77 per cent
Below the national average:
Region de Murcia – 29.22 per cent
IllesBalears – 29.06 per cent
Ceuta – 28.17 per cent
Castilla-La Mancha – 28.05 per cent
Cataluna – 27.64 per cent
Cantabria – 27.26 per cent
Melilla – 27.13 per cent
Canarias – 27.08 per cent
Pais Vasco – 26.92 per cent
ComunidadForal de Navarra – 26.37 per cent
Madrid – 25.86 per cent
CVD kills 67,736 women in Spain each year and 56,461 men.
80 per cent of deaths caused by CVD could be prevented, but how?
The Sociedad Espanola de Cardiologia and The Fundacion Espanola del Corazon recommend the following:
- Ensure your diet is balanced and varied.
- Spend 30 minutes a day exercising.
- Do not smoke.
- Control your weight.
- Monitor the fat accumulated in the abdomen, as it is dangerous for the heart.
- Check your blood pressure.
- Check your cholesterol and glucose levels.
- Know your cardiovascular risk and what your lifestyle should be.
- Share your doubts and problems.
- Learn to control your stress and anxiety.
Professor David Wood, President, World Heart Federation, said: “World Heart Day is our chance to shine a light on the world’s biggest killer and work together to improve heart health.
“Around the world 1 in 10 people die prematurely from cardiovascular disease but the power to change this is in our hands. Making small lifestyle changes such as eating more fruit and vegetables, keeping active and stopping smoking can save lives.
“We are urging people to ‘share the power’ this World Heart Day by sharing your healthy heart tips with friends and family and inspire people everywhere to be more healthy.”
Check out worldheartday.org and take the Heart IQ test to find out how heart smart you are