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27 September - World Heart Day
2009.09.27
World Heart Day, created by World Health Organisation, is taken place on 27 September with an aim to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming over 17.1 million lives each year.
 
Heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy balanced diet, regular physical activity and avoiding tobacco smoke.  Individuals can reduce their risk of Cardiovascular Diseases by engaging in regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco use and second-hand tobacco smoke, choosing a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and avoiding foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
 
Tobacco in every form is very harmful to health - cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or chewable tobacco as well as second-hand tobacco smoke.  The risk of heart attack and stroke starts to drop significantly after a person stops using tobacco products, and can drop by as much as half after one year.
 
Source :

World Health Organisation http://www.who.int
World Heart Federation http://www.world-heart-federation.org
Hong Kong College of Heart Disease http://www.hkcchk.com/index.php



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