Healthy hearts: how the Inter-American Society of Cardiology’s initiative to raise awareness

SIAC and WHF stressed that “environmental pollution and especially air pollution is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease” (Getty)

IN world heart daywhich is celebrated this Thursday, September 29, Inter-American Society of Cardiology (SIAC) co-led an initiative to raise awareness of how to care for people’s hearts; in addition to providing valuable information on this subject to societies in America. It’s that right now, Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world.

In this sense, from SIAC and the World Heart Federation (WHF) pointed out that although in the last 30 years science has advanced in the treatment of these diseases, leading to a significant improvement in survival, prevention is still one of the outstanding priorities. That is why the two associations decided to carry out a global campaign for healthy hearts.

Good habits like exercise, meditation and sleep are key, experts say / (Getty)
Good habits like exercise, meditation and sleep are key, experts say / (Getty)

In this new edition of the campaign, SIAC and WHF want to spread the word 3 main messages:

Use your heart for humanity: encourage others to do so physical activity every week. We recommend doing 1 hour of vigorous activity per week and 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days per week.

“Those with less means are the ones who suffer more often and more severely from cardiovascular disease. Access to health care and treatment varies around the world, generating inequality. From WHF and SIAC we promote awareness of inequalities and we encourage you to join Heart Day to make a difference,” they further emphasized on their website.

(SIAC and WHF)
(SIAC and WHF)

Use your heart for nature: encourage others to reduce their consumption of highly packaged foods. ¡Unpack less and cook more!

In this sense, SIAC and WHF emphasized that “environmental pollution and especially air pollution is one of the main causes of cardiovascular diseases. Through this campaign, We invite you to incorporate new and healthier habits to create a world that is cleaner and more livable every day.“.

(Courtesy of SIAC and WHF)
(Courtesy of SIAC and WHF)

Use your heart for you: ¡help say no to tobacco! If you or someone in your family can’t, ask professionals for help.

“Psychological stress doubles the risk of a heart attack. Good habits like exercise, meditation and sleep are key to reduce the negative impact of stress on the body and heart. At SIAC, we invite you to rethink habits and their impact on everyone’s personal life,” they affirmed in addition to this point.

(Courtesy of SIAC and WHF)
(Courtesy of SIAC and WHF)

Another of the aspects affected by this campaign is led by three scientific organizations of great international prestige: World Heart Federation, Inter-American Society of Cardiology and Mexican Society of Cardiology. As indicated, these institutions have made a commitment to specifically investigate the cardiovascular health of transgender people.

As pointed out, there is supposed to be 6 million people which are considered transgender in world, although this vulnerable group is underrepresented. Because Latin America is the region of the world with more violence against the transgender community. “It is known that the risk of myocardial infarction is 2 times higher in trans men compared to cisgender men. Some studies report that incidence of heart attack of myocardium and cerebrovascular disease can be higher in trans women than in trans men“, the experts specified.

While adding, “The hormonal treatments for gender confirmation may be associated with an increase in thromboembolic complicationsof cerebrovascular disease, endothelial dysfunction, ventricular arrhythmias, and repolarization disorders,” and that there is “strong evidence that Estrogen therapy in trans women increases the risk of venous thromboembolism 5-fold. There is strong evidence that estrogen treatment in trans women increases the risk of venous bleeding.”

Three internationally recognized institutions have committed to studying the cardiovascular health of transgender people in a specific way / Credit: Getty
Three internationally recognized institutions have committed to studying the cardiovascular health of transgender people in a specific way / Credit: Getty

Those interested can join the campaign in an easy way. All activities performed from your scientific society, working group, non-profit organization, community or individual, on World Heart Day, We invite you to register them at the following link: https://www.siacardio.com/diadelcorazon_activities/

“It’s important to be able to share a photo of each activity, so we suggest uploading the activities to the link once they’re done. You can share these activities on your social networks by tagging SIAC and using the hashtag #WorldHeartDay and #CorazonSIAC,” SIAC explained and concluded: “This World Heart Day we need you to spread the word and raise awareness about heart disease prevention“.

CONTINUE READING:

Cardiac anxiety: what are the symptoms of the 6 most common cardiovascular diseases
Smoking is more harmful to the heart than previously thought, according to a new study
Mild COVID-19 can cause heart inflammation for more than 3 months

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *