World Heart Day: Listen to your heart
You know it’s important when there is a day dedicated to it globally. And if it’s related to your health, even more so. September 26 is the 10th anniversary of World Heart Day, and this year the UAE especially is making a serious effort to spread awareness of this day. According to WHO, 17.1 million people die of cardiovascular disease and stroke every year around the world. As many as 45 per cent of all deaths in the Middle East are caused by coronary artery disease, and this one of the main causes of death in the UAE.
In partnership with WHO on World Health Day, the World Heart Federation organizes awareness events in more than 100 countries that include health checks, organized walks, runs and fitness sessions, public talks, stage shows, scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, carnivals and sports tournaments.
This year’s theme is ‘workplace wellness’, quite appropriate for the fast-paced business environment in the region. Take this day to think about your daily work schedule and level of stress, and then conscious ways to reduce it. Most heart-related diseases stem from workplace and career stress. So, even during the busiest of days, take a few minutes to clear your mind with a walk away from your computer.
Regular check-ups are saviours. In the mortal understanding of ‘prevention is better than cure,’ it is important to get your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and sugar levels checked on a regular basis. World Heart Day activities run at Deira City Centre till today. They will give you free health screening including Body Mass Index measurements, blood pressure recordings, blood sugar checks and a ‘smokalyser’ breath test. In Abu Dhabi, The Emirates Cardiac Society has joined with Sheikh Khalifa Medical City for World Heart Day to boost productivity at work by educating employers and employees about good heart health. The Abu Dhabi Mall held similar activities to Dubai.
On that note, mark this day and listen to your heart.
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