By: World Heart Federation
In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.
Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.5 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden, and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.
World Heart Day2020 Highlights Karachi chapter
Pakistan cardiac society Karachi chapter organized a public awareness webinar on 27/9/2020 Sunday at 8 pm. Moderator were Prof Abdul Rasheed Khan and Ass Professor Dr Riffat Sultana. Senior faculty of Pakistan were invited as panel of expert. Prof Haroon Babar, Prof Ishtiaq Rasool, Professor Azhar Masood faruqui, Professor Mansoor Ahmed, Professor Mohammad Ishaq, Professor Ejaz Vohra, Professor Khalida Soomroo, Professor Shahid Sami, Professor Zahid Rasheed, Ass Professor Fawad Farooq and Professor Amber Ashraf. Speakers provided informative talk in simple language for general public to understand cardiac diseases and how to prevent them. Prof Sultana Habib described heart attacks in woman and its impact. Dr Sumaira Naseem discussed misconceptions about diet among cardiac patients, Dr Kaleem Ullah Sheikh explained primary prevention of cardiac diseases, Dr Mehnaz Atique gave a brief on rheumatic fever, while Dr Sanum Khawaja discussed the problem of hypertension in women. Managing anticoagulation therapy with its problems was explained by Dr Roohi Ilyas. Dr Bilal Kabeer very nicely cover a important topic of BLS at home during cardiac arrest. Our second program of PCS Karachi chapter on 28/9/2020 Monday at Karachi institute of heart diseases at 10am public awareness walk. Followed by plantation and media talk for public regarding heart diseases
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World Heart Day
@ GMC Sukkur was celebrated with an awareness walk followed by a seminar organized by Dr. Rajkumar Sachdewani coordinator PCS Sukkur.
A large gathering of all walks of life did a walk and attended seminar. Theme of seminar was Use Your Heart to Beat CV Diseases. Dr. Rajkumar gave an introduction and highlighted the aims of World Heart Day.
Prof. Feroz Memon immediate past president PCS gave a thought provoking presentation on prevention and emphasized on life syle modifications. Mr. Shoukat Jawaid highlight the Aspirin a novel life saving medicine.
Prof. Altaf Ahmed Shaikh paid vote of thanks. Concluding Remarks were given by Prof. Zulfiqar Ali Soomro Principal GMC Sukkur
Awareness walk was conducted from main gate of NICVD Larkana to press club. A large number of participants attended the activity. There was display of banners and play cards highlighting importance of heart diseases. A special educational brochure on valvular heart disease in sindhi language for awareness of patients was distributed. Event got publicity in both print and electronic media.
Activity was limited inside the Department of Cardiology PUMHSW NAWABSHAH, due Covid-19 restriction by local administration. Medical students, postgraduate students, paramedics, patients attendant and faculty attended the event.
Audience were briefed regarding CVD risks and especially focusing on preventive Cardiology.
World heart day 2020 was celebrated by Pakistan cardiac society Faisalabad chapter. Following activities were performed on September 29, 2020 at 9 a.m. there was a gathering at vice chancellor office Punjab medical university, followed by a walk, cake cutting and distribution of fruit baskets to admitted patients. Pakistan Cardiac Society Faisalabad chapter is organizing series of virtual CME talks on the Eve of World Heart day 2020.
On the occasion of world heart day, 29th September, 2020 an awareness walk was conducted by Pakistan Cardiac Society Sahiwal chapter in the DHQ Teaching Hospital Sahiwal. It was in collaboration with Pakistan Hypertension League. People from different sectors of community including Principal SLMC, MS DHQ teaching hospital, faculty members of SLMC, doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, pharmaceutical personal, representatives of print and electronic media, patients and common public participated. At the end of awareness walk, public safety messages were recorded by the electronic media and print and was given due space in air time and newspapers. Along with it, camps for blood pressure and sugar levels were established at different public offices of the city including old age homes.
World Heart Day Celebration at Rawalpindi medical University