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Today is World Heart Day

World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to increase awareness that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year. 

World Heart Day is an annual event which takes place on 29 September every year. Each year’s celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health. This year's theme is creating heart-healthy environments. "The places in which we live, work and play should not increase our risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). But individuals frequently cannot make heart-healthy choices due to environmental factors, such as the availability of healthy food or smoke-free zones," the World Heart Federation says.

World Heart Day spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol – are controlled, and this is something that pharmacists around the world are in a prime position to influence.