World Heart Day aimed to increase knowledge of the dangers of heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, a condition which can cause an increased risk of stroke.
The day, held on Saturday, was recognized around the world and had the theme “1 Mission 1 Million – Getting to the Heart of Stroke,“ a press release from the program’s sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim, said. The initiative is calling on millions of people to join together and raise awareness of the irregular heart rhythm atrial fibrillation by signing a petition at www.heartofstroke.com/Petition.
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Since many people are not aware of the increased risk of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation, more needs to be done to raise awareness of this serious condition and ensure it is appropriately managed.
The 1 Mission 1 Million initiative asks anyone affected or concerned by heart diseases and rhythm disorders to sign the petition, which will be submitted to the world’s health organizations to ensure that atrial fibrillation is acknowledged as a serious condition and a risk factor for stroke.
The petition was created in collaboration with the World Heart Federation as a call to action in order to protect people from the devastating effects of a stroke.
“Every year, more than three million people worldwide have an atrial fibrillation-related stroke. Many of these strokes can be prevented so the World Heart Federation encourages everybody to join the mission to help save lives.” said Dr Kathryn Taubert, Chief Science Officer for the World Heart Federation.
Across the United States and the world there were events to honor World Heart Day. In Sri Lanka there was a ‘Heart Walk’ and several other events were held under President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lanka News reported.