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World Heart Day

The World Heart Foundation organizes World Heart Day, an international campaign held on September 29 to inform people about cardiovascular diseases, which are the biggest cause of death. The day promotes preventative measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Fresh Red Apple on Tree in Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia
Healthy eating is one of the lifestyle topics promoted on World Heart Day.
Healthy eating is one of the lifestyle topics promoted on World Heart Day.
©iStockphoto.com/Ashley Whitworth

What happens on World Heart Day?

Governments and non-government organizations celebrate and promote World Heart Day with activities such as fun runs, public talks, concerts, and sporting events. The World Heart Federation organizes awareness events in more than 100 countries. They include:

  • Health checks.
  • Sports events, including walks, runs and fitness sessions.
  • Public talks and science forums
  • Stage shows and concerts.
  • Exhibitions.

These activities are done in partnership with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health.

Public Life

World Heart Day is a global observance but it is not a public holiday.

About World Heart Day

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain so, according to WHO. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2005, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:

  • Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
  • Smoking.
  • Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
  • Obesity.

World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death. Together with organizations such as WHO, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – which are tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – are controlled. World Heart Day started in 1999 and is held on the last Sunday of September every year.

World Heart Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SunSep 262010World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
SunSep 252011World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
SunSep 302012World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
SunSep 292013World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
MonSep 292014World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
TueSep 292015World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuSep 292016World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
FriSep 292017World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
SatSep 292018World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
SunSep 292019World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 
TueSep 292020World Heart DayUnited Nations observance 

Quick Facts

World Heart Day raises awareness of cardiovascular diseases and ways to reduce their risk.

World Heart Day 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

World Heart Day 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017


Name in other languages

World Heart DayEnglish
Día Mundial del CorazónSpanish
עולם יום לבHebrew
يوم القلب العالميArabic
세계 심장의 날Korean

List of dates for other years

United Nation Holiday on September 29, 2016

Fun Holiday on September 29, 2016

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