UseHeart to beat cardiovascular disease – This is the motto of the World Heart Federation (WHF) this year, because cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular diseases are diseases of the heart Circulatory system, including coronary artery disease, heart attack and heart failure.
Focus On Heart Failure
There are around 14 million heart failure patients in Europe alone. This figure is projected to shoot up to 30 million by the end of 2020. Heart failure is life-threatening and greatly underestimated.
Heart failure is a life-threatening condition in which the heart is no longer able to supply the body with adequate blood. Half of the affected patients die within five years of diagnosis. Heart failure is as “malignant” as some of the most common types of cancer in men (prostate and bladder cancer) and women (breast cancer). Every year, two to three out of 1000 people develop heart failure, the frequency increases with age, which is also favored by increasing life expectancy.
Why Does Heart Failure Or Weakness Develop?
The causes are often very different. Various diseases can contribute to an increased risk of heart failure. These include diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or a previous heart attack. Certain lifestyle habits also increase the likelihood of developing heart failure, especially if you already have diabetes or high blood pressure. Smoking, lack of exercise and a diet high in salt or fat – all of these are harmful to the heart. If left untreated, these diseases and lifestyle habits can over time weaken or damage parts of the heart that prevent it from pumping properly.
Use Your Heart – The World Heart Federation campaign
AstraZeneca and the World Heart Federation (WHF) have partnered to work together to help prevent, treat and reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and the risks and complications associated with it.
This includes working together to identify challenges in treating heart failure, raising awareness of the full burden of the disease, making heart failure a policy priority, improving prevention and diagnosis and improving the treatment of heart failure patients. Truly there is so much to World Heart Day celebrations!
Chirag Vasani is Chief Editor for wwbnn. He has been writing online and offline since many years now. When he is not writing, he likes to play golf.