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On the 29th September, the world acknowledges World Heart Day (WHD). The annual campaign aims to promote awareness of the health risks of heart disease (commonly known as cardiovascular disease) as well as proactive prevention methods.
This year, the World Heart Foundation are asking the world to #UseHeart to beat cardiovascular disease.
In the UK, heart and circulatory diseases cause an average of 460 deaths each day, or one every three minutes. While in Ireland, CVD accounts for 36% of all deaths each year.
Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella name for conditions that affect your heart or circulation, narrow or block your blood vessels. These conditions can lead to angina, strokes, and heart attacks.
Depending on the heart condition, symptoms can vary. However, common signs of cardiovascular disease include chest pain, fatigue, swollen limbs, breathlessness, and numb legs and/or arms.
There are some heart disease risk factors that you cannot change, for example, your age, race, ethnicity and family history. However, there are many things you can do to reduce your chances of getting heart disease. These include:
According to the latest reports, those living with heart conditions have been linked to an increased risk of "poor outcomes from COVID-19".
At the time of writing, those taking medication for a heart condition are being advised by the World Heart Federation to secure a one-month supply of medication or longer if possible. Adhering to the latest government guidelines is also essential.
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