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About World Heart Day

Courtesy of Kenyan-Heart National Foundation

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. By 2030, it is expected that 23 million people will die from CVDs annually – that is more than the population of Australia!

World Heart Day takes place on 29 September each year
Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.

National activities such as public talks and screenings, walks and runs, concerts or sporting events  are organized worldwide by members and partners of the World Heart Federation.

World Heart Day 2014 theme


This year we are launching a global movement to harness the power of individuals not only to protect their own heart health, but also to instigate change at the community and society level. 

Recognising that not all individuals have the best opportunities to make heart-healthy choices - for instance, people often lack access to healthy foods or smoke-free workplaces - this year, World Heart Day is putting the spotlight on creating heart-healthy environments, enabling people to make positive changes that can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

The campaign invites people to:

Join the global movement for better heart-healthy choices, wherever you live, work and play.

This year we are also placing a greater emphasis on sharing activities and heart-healthy and unhealthy environments through Twitter: #heartchoices. You can also follow our World heart Day facebook page.