The British Heart Foundation has declared February as National Heart Month in the UK to help raise awareness of Cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is both UK’s and the world’s number one killer, according to the World Health Organization. An estimated 17.9 million people died from CVDs in 2016, representing 31% of all global deaths. Whilst the most recent figures from the BHF show that every day, 460 people in the UK die from CVD. The BHF also reports that there are 7.4 million people in the UK living with CVD, someone you know – or maybe even yourself – has been touched by CVD.
Understanding heart conditions is an incredibly difficult task – there are lots of different types and understanding how the heart works are more helpful when trying to learn about these conditions. But looking at the facts will benefit yourself, your employees and the people you love in the long run.
Examples of CVD are:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Abnormal heart rhythms (Arrhythmia)
- Coronary heart disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Congenital heart disease
To find out how you can help spread awareness visit the British Heart Foundation Website