September 29th is World Heart Day

Read Dr. Phil Sharples note about World Heart Day and tips on heart health:



"Nearly 18 million people die every year from cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, and is the world’s leading cause of death.1

World Heart Day is an opportunity to draw people’s attention to cardiovascular illness and the range of associated health issues. It is vitally important that individuals pay attention to their heart health to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, strokes and heart failure.

Luckily, there are simple things we can do for ourselves to reduce the chances of developing a heart-related illness. Increasing physical exercise, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, and maintaining a balanced diet are all lifestyle changes which can positively impact our hearts. It’s also important to have your cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure, weight and cholesterol measured by your healthcare professional so that they can advise you on your cardiovascular disease risk, especially if there’s heart-related issues in your family. With these steps, you can help keep your heart healthy!” - Dr. Phil Sharples, Chief Medical Officer, Global Solutions, UnitedHealthcare Global.