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Florida Department of Health in Orange County celebrates World Heart Day

By Kent Donahue

September 26, 2018

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) and the World Heart Federation are proud to celebrate World Heart Day, which raises awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention. 

Celebrated on September 29, 2018, the theme for World Heart Day is “My Heart, Your Heart.” This year’s theme emphasizes making a promise to eat more healthily, to get more active, and to say no to smoking.1” 

“I encourage everyone to take steps to improve their heart health, and improve the heart health of a loved one. The life you save maybe your own,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, DOH-Orange Health Officer. 

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death in the United States and Florida.2,3 Three out of 10 deaths in Florida are from cardiovascular disease. 2,3 About half of all Americans have at least one of these three risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.3 All Americans are at risk for cardiovascular disease, but the non-Hispanic black community, particularly those in the southeastern United States, have a greater risk. Nearly 44 percent of African American men and 48 percent of African American women have some form of cardiovascular disease.4 

It is important to remember that with cardiovascular health, many factors that cause an early death can be controlled through lifestyle changes.5 Each day strive to protect your heart and the hearts of those you love. We encourage you to take the initiative to keep your heart charged and “share the power” to make a lasting difference in the health of your community.

 This World Heart Day, let’s commit to creating a healthier Florida through lifestyle changes including:

These actions can contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes throughout Florida. Visit www.worldheartday.org to find out what you can do to take part in this year’s World Heart Day, as well as www.floridahealth.gov/stroke and www.flhealth.gov/heart to learn more about stroke and heart attack resources.

Be sure to view our toolkit for information, resources and guidance to support your World Heart Day activities.