Take the Road to a healthy heart

29 SEPTEMBER 2013 | Global

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 female deaths- about one death per minute. Children are vulnerable too: the risk for cardiovascular disease can begin before birth during fetal development, and increase further during childhood with exposure to unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and smoking.

This year’s theme addresses the importance of a life-course approach to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a focus on women and children. This campaign will highlight what actions can be taken through a person’s life to reduce their risk of CVD.

Background

World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe 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.

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