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World Heart Day
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World Heart Day: Taking Charge of Heart Health

World Heart Day is held annually on September 29. It is an international day to unite people in the fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD) and help reduce the global disease burden.

"Any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the blood vessel constitutes a cardiovascular disease." — World Heart Federation
What is the World Heart Federation

With roots stretching back to 1944, the World Heart Federation is the world’s leading non-governmental organization dedicated to cardiovascular disease prevention.

The World Heart Federation helps shape and advance the worldwide CVD agenda through 200 member organizations across 100 countries. It's also the sponsor organization for the World Heart Day global campaign.

Through policy support, scientific advances, and the exchange of ideas, information and best practices, the World Health Federation works in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) toward one primary goal:

To reduce premature deaths from major non-communicable diseases (NCD) — cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes —
by 25 percent by 2025 (25 by 25).
25 by 25 and the Global Heart Health Agenda

Cardiovascular disease affects people of all ages, ethnicities and economic conditions, and it’s responsible for more than one-third of all deaths worldwide.

During the 15 years the world worked toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the prevalence of cardiovascular disease increased in every region around the world.

In 2012, the World Health Organization set out to begin changing this. It developed a global action plan and established nine targets to prevent and control non-communicable diseases by 2025. Target one, 25 by 25, is a 25 percent reduction in mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes.

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, formally known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals replace and build upon the MDG and expand the scope of the global community’s efforts to transform the world.

When the United Nations adopted the MDG it identified eight contributors to human suffering:

Today, the SDGs seek to transform a different world. The interconnectivity and interdependence in our world requires a broader, more integrated and more comprehensive agenda. The number of goals the international community now works toward has grown from eight to 17, and the number of success targets has increased eight-fold, from 21 to 169.

Sustainable Development Goal 3 — ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages — includes a success target addressing non-communicable diseases.

"By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being."

A key way to successfully achieve the reduction in the SDG 3 target is to reach the WHO and World Heart Federation goal of reducing premature deaths due to cardiovascular disease by 25 percent by 2025.

A young Kenyan girl forms the shape of a heart with her hands.

Facts About Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular disease claims 17.5 million lives a year.
  • 31 percent of deaths worldwide are from cardiovascular diseases.
  • 80 percent of deaths from cardiovascular disease occur in low- and middle-income countries.
  • 10 percent of people aged 30 to 70 die from cardiovascular disease.
  • 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
  • Cardiovascular disease makes up 50 percent of all deaths from non-communicable diseases (e.g., cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease).
  • Cardiovascular diseases kill more than twice as many people worldwide (17.5 million) as all cancers combined (8.2 million).

Source: World Heart Federation

80.7% Directly to Program
19.3% Supporting Activities
Themes for World Heart Day
  • 2017: Share the Power
  • 2016: Power Your Life
  • 2015: Creating Heart-Healthy environments
  • 2014: Heart Choices NOT Hard Choices
  • 2013: Take the Road to a Healthy Heart
  • 2011-2012: One World, One Heart, One Home
  • 2009-2010: I Work With Heart
  • 2008: Know Your Risk
  • 2007: Team Up for Healthy Hearts!
  • 2006: How Young is Your Heart?
  • 2005: Healthy Weight, Healthy Shape
  • 2004: Children, Adolescents and Heart Disease
  • 2003: Women, Heart Disease and Stroke
  • 2002: What Shape are You In?
  • 2001: A Heart for Life
  • 2000: I Love my Heart: Let it beat!

World Heart Day Prayers

Loving Father, you are rest for our hearts. May those with a broken heart or sick heart, lonely heart or hardened heart, vengeful heart or bitter heart, know your divine love. May they turn to you for comfort and rely upon you for strength. May all the hearts in this world open themselves up and find healing in you. Amen.

  • Pray for all whose hearts are afflicted with illness, fear, or loneliness.
  • Pray for the many health care workers who devote themselves to the needs of the sick and for those working to find cures for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and lung diseases. May the Lord bless their efforts so that lives may be saved.
  • Pray that our governments and health care providers work together effectively for the heart health of those in their care.

Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Provide Lifesaving Surgery and Medical Care
for Children in Poverty


A young Kenyan boy after heart surgery.

The heart of a healthy child beats more than 105,000 times a day, and for children in their first year of life, the heart beats more than 200,000 times a day. But not all children have healthy hearts.

A child in poverty with an unhealthy heart is extremely vulnerable and at-risk for an early death. Treatment costs often equal many years worth of wages for a struggling family. Access to care is often not an option because families in poverty simply cannot afford to get treatment for their sick children.

Our Medical Assistance Fund helps provide for the medical expenses of children in need. It's used to pay for, among many needs, cancer treatments, heart transplants, trauma surgeries, skin grafts and burn treatments, special dental needs, casts, wheelchairs and walking canes, post-accident counseling, and in worst-case scenarios, funeral expenses.


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