World Heart Day 2015 is marked around the globe
On the occasion of World Heart Day, 29 September 2015, WHO is putting the spotlight on the under-recognized and under-treated epidemic of heart disease in women. More women die from heart disease every year than men, however, many remain unaware of their risk and the steps needed to reduce this risk. As for men, risk factors for heart disease in women include tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, physical inactivity and obesity, as well as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus. Control of these risk factors through lifestyle changes and medication can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease in women. To help reduce premature deaths from heart disease, the World Heart Day theme “Heart healthy choices for everyone, everywhere” highlights the importance of extending the heart healthy message to all groups of people worldwide.