World Heart Day 2020
The 29th of September marks the World Heart Day. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is considered the number one cause of death (1). CVDs are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels including coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease and other conditions (1). Four out of five CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, and one-third of these deaths occur prematurely in people under 70 years of age (1). Cardiovascular diseases take the lives of 17.9 million people every year, 31% of all global deaths (1). Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, to air pollution, and rare and neglected conditions such as Chagas Disease and cardiac amyloidosis are the main causes of cardiovascular diseases (2). In the time of COVID-19, CVD patients are faced with a double-edged threat (2). They are not only afraid of developing severe forms of the virus but they are also afraid of being in need to be treated from serious cardiovascular problems (2).
Sources: 1. World Health Organization. “Cardiovascular Diseases”. https://www.who.int/health-topics/cardiovascular-diseases/#tab=tab_1.
2. World Heart Federation. World Heart Day, 2020, https://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/world-heart-day-2020/.