The World Heart Day was established in the year 2000. The purpose behind this day is to inform people from around the world that problems in the heart and stroke are the major reasons for deaths. Also, these issues are claiming as much as 17.3 million lives every year.
About the day:
The World Heart Day is a yearly event that takes place on the 29th of September. This day is celebrated with a different theme every year and the theme is selected reflecting the important topics and issues related to health of the heart. As far as 2015 is concerned, the theme is to create a heart-healthy environment. The day insist that the heart diseases that claims many lives from around the world can be prevented by avoiding four things in life and they are
· Harmful alcohol usage,
· Following a unhealthy diet and
· Tobacco use.
When the above-mentioned activities are avoided, an individual can stay healthy and happier.
Theme of World Heart Day 2015:
The place, where we live, play and work should not increase the risk of getting heart diseases. But, it is true that it is not always possible to make such choices like selection of smoke-free zones. But, it is recommended that unsafe zones should be avoided as much as possible. On this day, let us get into details about some heart related problems, such that you can ensure regular health checkups to ensure that everything is fine with your heart.
Have you heard the term ‘heart murmur’ earlier? It is nothing, but the sound that is produced during your heartbeat cycle, like Whooshing sound. This sound is made when the blood flows near or in your heart in tempestuous manner. Generally, this sound can be heard only when your heart beat is checked with the help of a stethoscope. The doctor can easily notice normal heart beat and whether there is any heart murmur. The great relieving news to you is that these murmurs are innocent and they do not cause any risk to your life. If needed, the doctor might give you the appropriate treatment to treat the underlying cause behind the sound.
Ischemic heart disease:
‘Ischemic heart disease’ is yet another term that you should keep yourself aware of on the world heart day. What is ‘Ischemia’? It is a condition, wherein the flow of blood and also the oxygen associated with blood flow is limited in a part of the body. Therefore, Cardiac Ischemia is a condition, wherein the flow of blood is reduced and also the oxygen supply to the heart muscle is restricted. ‘Ischemic heart disease’ is the term given to heart health issues caused by narrowed arteries in the heart. When the arteries narrow, the results will be less blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscles. This is otherwise called as coronary artery or coronary heart disease, which can ultimately lead to heart attack.
Silent Ischemia is risky:
Reports state that many people from around the world have ischemic episodes without their knowledge. They experience this problem without any symptoms like pain and so there are greater chances that they will get heart attack without any prior warning signs. It is stated that people with previous episodes of heart attacks and those with diabetes are at higher risk of developing silent ischemia.
What is Coronary Heart Disease?
It is a disease, wherein the waxy substance called as plaque develops inside the coronary arteries of the human heart. These arteries are responsible for supplying oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles and when it is blocked by plaque, it is stated as atherosclerosis. This will not happen all of a sudden and the plaque buildup will happen over a period of years. Also, when years pass by, the plaque will become hard or even it can rupture. The chest pain caused due to the plaque buildup will give a feeling like pressure or squeezing in the chest. The pain will also travel to back, jaw, neck, arms, and shoulders of the patient. The heart attack will occur, when the supply of oxygen-rich blood supply is affected. When this is not treated immediately, it will lead to heart failure and of course death. So, as a first aid, the patient will be given artificial oxygen to ensure the functioning of the heart and then appropriate treatment is given to bring back the patient to normal.
On this day, let us join hands to fight against heart diseases and we shall ensure environmental safety against deadly heart diseases, so not just our family members, but the entire community will stay protected.