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Florida Department of Health in Lake County Celebrates World Heart Day

By Noelda Lopez

September 27, 2017

Florida Department of Health in Lake County Celebrates World Heart Day 

Eustis, FL - The Florida Department of Health in Lake County and the World Heart Federation are proud to celebrate the 18th annual World Heart Day, which raises awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention. World Heart Day will be celebrated on September 29, 2017 and the theme is “Share the Power.” This year’s theme emphasizes that the key to a healthy heart is to “know your heart, fuel your heart, move your heart, and love your heart.1
 
“This is an excellent opportunity to embark on a heart healthy lifestyle” said Aaron Kissler, Health Office of the Florida Department of Health in Lake County “just by making simple changes such as exercising more, healthy eating and quitting smoking can make a great difference”
 
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death in the United States and Florida.2,3 Each year, one in four Americans death and one in three Floridians death 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 your health and 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.
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Data Sources:
  1. World Heart Day (2017). About Cardiovascular Disease. Retrieved from  https://www.worldheartday.org/what-is-cvd
  2. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2015). Heart disease and Stroke. Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/heart-disease-and-stroke
  3. Florida Department of Health (2015). Heart Disease. Retrieved from http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/heart-disease/index.html
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. African Americans Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheet. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_aa.htm
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). World Heart Day. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/Features/WorldHeartDay/