Today is World Heart Day
The number 1 cause of death worldwide
Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, as well as smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, obesity and physical inactivity. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes 29 percent of all deaths globally each year, making it the world’s number one killer.
Avoiding the risks
But there is good news: 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – were controlled.