Noncommunicable diseases

World Heart Day, 29 September 2015

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the world’s number one killers, claiming 17.5 million lives a year globally. In the WHO South-East Asia Region, cardiovascular diseases cause an estimated 3.7 million deaths annually, or one fourth of all deaths. One third of these deaths from cardiovascular diseases are premature and occur among those aged less than 70 years. The good news is that the majority of premature deaths due to cardiovascular disease can be prevented through simple measures, such as consuming a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and by managing stress.

The theme for World Heart Day on 29 September 2015 – “Healthy heart choices for everyone, everywhere” – is a reminder of the impact that our environments can have on our ability to make the best choice for a healthy heart. It is a call to all sectors of government and society to create heart-healthy environments and provide heart-healthy choices for all individuals, where they live, work and play. Examples of heart healthy environments include the availability of healthy food, smoke-free zones and avenues for physical activity. Such heart-healthy choices can be provided in public spaces, schools, workplaces and communities.

Message from the Regional Director

Fact Sheet on cardiovascular diseases

Human story on cardiovascular diseases

Video on cardiovascular diseases

Advocacy posters

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