“I was too busy for heart disease until it almost killed me...”
How many of us have heard that all too familiar saying above, be it from a friend of a friend, a colleague, or even closer to home: our loved ones?
We conceptualised the theme “Heart Disease & Me” to evoke a more personal sentiment or proactive attitude towards heart disease. Each and every one of us is responsible for our own lives; we can in a way predict our future based on the actions of our present.
There is a well-known cliché – live each day as though it is your last on Earth. Well, whilst we may enjoy life to the fullest like there’s no tomorrow, our actions reap its according consequences. For heart disease, every little action counts toward the development of risk factors such as high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and obesity.
“Heart Disease & Me” intends to act as a wake-up call for each of us and embodies the excruciating reality that heart disease is very often “impolite; it strikes anyone, at any age and at any time without discrimination.
Here is a challenge to you: make the impassioned cri de Coeur to regain the reins of your own life, and start implementing a healthy lifestyle today. Start with small goals, but surely and steadily make your individual mark to take the steps to prevent you from being another heart disease statistic.
For all Malaysians to practise a healthy lifestyle through prevention methods for heart disease.
IJN and YJM together with the heart-health industry, unite to combat the growth of cardiovascular disease rates by targeting the public of all ages.
Raise public awareness of risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and to promote preventive measures.
There are several risk factors for heart disease; some are controllable, others are not. Uncontrollable risk factors include older age, family history, and post-menopausal. Still, there are many heart disease risk factors that can be controlled by making changes in your lifestyle:
It is a myth that heart disease and stroke only affect older, male, rich populations. In fact, heart disease is actually the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 female deaths: shockingly, that’s about one death per minute! It is vital that women learn the truth about their CVD risk and take action to protect themselves and their family.
Unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and smoking are the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. The unhealthy lifestyles that lead to cardiovascular disease often begin in childhood and adolescence, so that prevention of heart disease must begin there.
Stress appears to lead to heart disease in at least two ways. First, if you experience chronic emotional stress, you may be more likely to develop atherosclerosis, the disease process that produces coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke and peripheral artery disease. Second, periods of intense stress apparently can precipitate acute heart problems, such as heart attacks.
The Heart Exhibition, Malaysia’s very own premier heart programme, was created to raise public awareness of risk factors for heart disease and stroke as well as to promote preventive measures to lower the alarming cardiovascular disease (CVD) rate.
Each year, about 17.5 million lives are being claimed by the world’s largest killer: heart disease and stroke. In Malaysia, CVD has been the recorded leading killer for the past 30 years. Since 45% of Malaysians are at risk of generating heart diseases, our goal would be to unite and urge the public of all races and ages to stand up and take the pledge in guarding their heart!
The Heart Foundation of Malaysia (YJM) and the National Heart Institute (IJN) launched The Heart, at Mid Valley Megamall’s Exhibition Hall on September 8th and 9th 2012. This event would bring together all the stakeholders involved in the country’s heart health industry in a joint effort to reach out and educate more Malaysians on the importance of the prevention aspects of heart diseases. Collectively with the group, The Heart's ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of heart disease incidences in the nation.
The activities launched during this event will expose you and your loved ones to cardiovascular-related matters such as the risk factors involved in heart diseases , prevention and management of those problems, and as well as the latest diagnostic and treatment methods available in the nation.