28 September 2009, Monday, 11:00

September 27 is the World day of heart

author: Elena Makushina

September 27 is the World day of heart. It is celebrated since 2001 on the last Sunday of September on the initiative of the World federation of heart. According to AMI-TASS, the aim of this is the growth of awareness of population and informing people about preventive measures reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart diseases and stroke.

Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in the world — they take lives of 17.5 million people annually. Their risk factors include hypertension, high blood cholesterol, hyperglycaemia, smoking, low consumption of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.

According to "Bashinform" news agency, the target program "Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in Ufa for 2007-2011" is successfully realized in Ufa.  There was a city lipidic Centre organized within the framework of the program. Two schools for patients with cardiac insufficiency and 19 schools for hypertensive patients are working in Ufa polyclinics.

The regional and primary vascular centres for patients with cerebral circulation disturbances and acute coronary syndrome were also opened in the emergency hospital and city clinical hospital N18.

On September 27, the World heart federation together with the World Heath Organization organizes events in more than 100 countries. They include health checks, organized walks, sports events, public lectures, performances, scientific forums, exhibitions, and festivals. Events devoted to the World heart day contribute to the growth of public awareness of how to minimize risk factors of the diseases, for example, by weight control or by regular physical activity.