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 (World Heart Federation, 2017).

World Heart Day is celebrated each year on the 29th of September. It 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 Federation, 2017).

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and can affect anyone, regardless of age, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Please visit the following links for more information on the impact of heart disease, tips for keeping your body in good health, and ways to join efforts to prevent heart disease.

The World Heart Federation website provides a history of World Heart Day and some general statistics about various types of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and their prevalence.  The site also provides information on ways to become/stay active, eat healthy, and recognize warning signs of different cardiovascular diseases.

This fact sheet from Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) describes the importance of maintaining heart-healthy lifestyles as members of the aging LGBT population.  The sheet also lists 10 facts about cardiovascular disease and how it specifically affects LGBT elders.

The World Heart Federation promotes activism to help prevent further spread of cardiovascular disease around the world.  The “Take Action” portion of their website lists multiple ways in which individuals can spread awareness through sharing heart healthy tips, locating volunteer locations, and supporting social media campaigns that inform the public of the risks and preventative measures associated with heart health.