Make a Heart-Healthy Promise on World Heart Day

By Andre Bierzynski

September 29 is World Heart Day.  Founded in 2000 by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day aims to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke. This year on World Heart Day, you’re invited to do what you can do and “Make Your Promise” to get and keep your heart healthy.

As a founding member of the World Heart Federation, the American Heart Association continues to work collaboratively to reduce premature death and disability from cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.

The AHA makes the following recommendations that can help prevent conditions that lead to heart disease:

Stop Smoking Not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking damages your circulatory system and increases your risk of multiple diseases, but the good news is that your lungs can begin to heal themselves as soon as you stop. Moving more can help you on your journey, since physical activity can help you manage stress.

Eat Better Eat a colorful diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. Try to limit sugary foods and drinks, fatty or processed meats and salt.1

Get Active Try to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of both), preferably spread throughout the week.

Manage Blood Pressure Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. Sometimes the pressure in arteries is higher than it should be, a condition known as high blood pressure. Stress and poor diet have both been linked to high blood pressure, so it’s important to be well and eat smart to help positively influence your blood pressure numbers.1

Why focus on heart disease?

Heart disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.6 million deaths per year in 2016, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030, according to a 2014 study. Heart disease accounts for approximately 1 of every 3 deaths. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.

Making one small change can have a big impact on your health. Pledge to start to take better care of your heart and your health this World Heart Day. For more information go to

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