World Heart Day is celebrated on 29 September annually to draw people’s attention to heart illness and the range of associated health issues. The day which is celebrated annually creates awareness of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) including heart disease & stroke and highlights the preventive and control measures. The day was created by the World Heart Federation, to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.
This year, the theme of World Heart Day is “Use Heart to Connect”.
World Health Day was first founded in 1999 with the World Heart Federation (WHF) collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The idea of an annual event was conceived by Antoni Bayés de Luna, the president of WHF from 1997-2011. Originally, World Heart Day was observed on the last Sunday of September, with the first celebration taking place on September 24, 2000.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- World Heart Federation Founded: 2000.
- World Heart Federation Headquarters location: Geneva, Switzerland.
- World Heart Federation Chairman: Rajeev Gupta.