World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.1 million lives each year.
Libin Institute Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Eldon R. Smith, Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, was extensively quoted in a substantial article in the Calgary Herald on this topic:
No matter where you’re from, up to 80 per cent of heart attacks are preventable by modifying nine risk factors, including smoking, abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, stress, abdominal obesity, sedentary lifestyle, eating too few fruits and vegetables and abstaining from alcohol.
In the same spirit as World Heart Day, the Libin Institute has organized a vascular health promotion conference on October 21, 2010. You can read more about this major conference at: Taming the Vascular Epidemic
You can read the rest of Dr. Smith’s comments and article on the Calgary Herald web-site.
You can read more about World Heart Day on the official World Heart Day web-site.