World Heart Day 2022 (29/09/2022)- Use Heart For Every Heart

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Good day, dear Steemians, I'm so excited to be here again, trust you are all doing good. It's World Heart Day 2022 every September 29th is used to raise awareness about Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and the world health as usual discussed the rate and prevalence of CVD, the causes, and ways of preventing them. The theme for this year is Use Heart For Every Heart. Go with me as I explain in detail about World Heart Day.

Brief Discussion about Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) can be defined as a disease associated with the heart and blood vessels. We all know that the blood circulatory system pumps blood from the heart to the lungs to acquire oxygen, then transfer oxygenated blood back to the heart and from there the oxygenated blood is then sent to all part of the body.

Cardiovascular disease occurs when the oxygenated blood that flows to the heart is being reduced or blocked, and this can happen when there is a build-up of fatty deposits in the artery causing hardening and narrowing of the opening of the arteries, restricting blood flow or when there is a blood clot (thrombosis) in the arteries which limit the flow of blood or even block the flow of blood.

The groups of disorder under cardiovascular disease includes coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease, Aortic disease (aortic aneurysm), and so on.

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is heart disease caused by a build-up of fatty deposits or plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This plaque on the wall of arteries may cause a reduction in the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart leading to Chest Pain (Angina) or causing a Heart Attack in a situation whereby the plaque caused a blockage that blocks the flowing of blood to the heart.

Coronary Heart Disease (Wikimedia common image)

Cerebrovascular Diseases are diseases caused by restrictions of blood flow to the brain as a result of vessel narrowing, blood clots, or blockage. The disease associated with cerebrovascular disease is Stroke, stroke occurs when the blood going to the brain is being obstructed and the brain cells begin to die leading to brain damage.

Rheumatic Heart Disease can be defined as a disease that occurs due to the heart valves being permanently damaged by rheumatic fever. The heart valve is like a door to the heart which opens and closes allowing blood movement in the right direction and at the right time. The damage is a result of inadequate treatment of streptococcal infections causing Endocarditis, Myocarditis, and Pericarditis.

Endocarditis (Wikimedia common)

Aortic Disease is a disease that occurs when the aorta (which is the largest artery that carries blood from the heart to the chest and torso) wall becomes bulged and weakened. The most common aortic disease is Aortic Aneurysm, the person suffering from this disease would be experiencing pain in their chest, abdomen, and back.

Aortic Aneurysm (Wikimedia common image)

Causes of Cardiovascular Disease

  • High Blood Pressure (hypertension).

  • Diabetes.

  • High Cholesterol (hyperlipidemia).

  • Smoking and Vaping of Tobacco.

  • Excessive Intake of Alcohol.

  • Hereditary.

  • Lack of Physical Activity (Exercise).

  • Obesity or Overweight.

  • Unhealthy Diet.

  • Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

    There are many ways in which we can prevent ourselves from this disease and some of the ways includes:

  • Healthy Eating: We should adopt eating healthy food such as fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains, and we should eat less processed foods or junk. Also, avoid eating food that is high in saturated fat.

  • Regular Physical Activity: Exercise regularly helps the heart and the blood circulatory system function properly, so we must exercise ourselves regularly, and also we must be able to manage stress and don't overstress ourselves all in the name of exercise.

  • Quit smoking or vaping Tobacco.

  • Avoid excessive intake of Alcohol.

  • Medical Checkup: Doing Medical Checkup from time to time will help in preventing cardiovascular disease because most of these heart diseases are caused by improper treatment of hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol, knowing our status gives us the advantage of taking adequate treatment and preventing the diseases from progressing to CVD. Many people have no idea that they were hypertensive or diabetic until the disease is affecting their health and they were rushed to the hospital.

  • World Heart Day 2022 - Use heart for every heart

    This year heart day 2022 was used in creating awareness about Cardiovascular Disease so that many people will understand how serious the disease is, the causes, prevention, and the rate of it in society.

    The goal of World Health Day is to call the attention of everyone to order and educate them about Cardiovascular Disease, its causes, and its management.

    It was so disheartening with the rate at which people died of cardiovascular diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed with statistics that about 17.9 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year in which most of them died of heart attack or stroke.

    Also according to WHO, About 1.9 million individuals die of cardiovascular disease from smoking tobacco and 200, 000 people die of tobacco vaping. It was discussed how Nigerians still partake in excess Intake of alcohol and tobacco usage.

    A Provost and Cardiologist Consultant, College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, David Oke explained how the rate of people with CVD greatly increases in Nigeria when compared to the past because of people's unhealthy eating and lifestyles.

    He also discussed the rate at which heart failure increase due to the country's failure to fight hypertension, he explained that the cause of some people's heart disease is because they failed to treat hypertension, and many people cannot afford their hypertensive drug because of the economic situation of the country and this leads them with the risk of CVD.

    The cardiology consultants emphasized the factors leading to CVD apart from hypertension which is Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Obesity, Tobacco usage, too much alcohol intake, and so on, in which most can be prevented through healthy living, he never forgot to mention some inalterable risk factors of CVD such as Hereditary and Age.

    The experts explained the importance of this awareness that people should have a better understanding of this disease and also all patients suffering from hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol should be educated properly on how to manage their sickness and the implication of not taking adequate treatment which may cause cardiovascular disease.

    They advised everyone to motivate their family and friends about CVD, and its prevention and also encourage their family and friends to do a heart check-up.

    If your heart is in good condition, you will live a healthy, long, and peaceful life. Motivate your family and friends to get a heart checkup on World Heart Day to ensure a healthy future.

    Never lose your heart in any situation, it is the best way to deal with all kinds of problems.


    Cardiovascular Disease is a terrible disease that has claimed millions of lives throughout the world. All diseases associated with heart can be prevented when one is living a healthy lifestyle, doing medical checkups, eating healthy meals, exercising your body regularly, and desisting from tobacco and excess alcohol intake.

    Do regular check-ups, and don't wait till you fall sick before visiting a hospital, also self-medication kills, visit a hospital, and get yourself diagnose. The awareness can continue from one side, pass the message across, and tell someone to tell someone.

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    I really enjoyed the lecture delivered here.. Of s true, the heart is a very important organ in humans and animals as it signifies the continuity of life, once it stops, there is no more life.
    Therefore, teaching us about the diseases of the heart that can cause us great health implications is a very much welcomed idea. I must say thank you. Have a great day.

    I'm glad to here that you love and enjoy the topic. Thank you for engaging in my post.


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    This is interesting and very useful, thanks for sharing with us on Health awareness content, but is these disease also similar to cardiac arrest?..

    Thanks for the feedback ✌️.

    Yes, cardiac arrest is part of the disease of the heart, it occurs when the heart stops pumping blood because of malfunctioning of the heart, it kills faster than other heart diseases if not properly treated. Thank you for reading.