The World Heart Day-2021 will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the globe today with a view to raising awareness about cardiovascular diseases.
This year's campaign theme is "Use Heart to Connect" which focuses on an urgent need to find various and innovative ways to connect people to heart health, mainly in lower resource areas and communities, reports BSS.
Transfat is one of the major causes for the increased risks of heart diseases, and more frighteningly Bangladesh ranks among the 15 countries with the highest number of heart disease deaths due to transfat.
On the occasion of World Heart Day, Executive Director of PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress), a research and advocacy organisation organised a webinar for building awareness to eliminate transfat, which is one of the main reasons of heart diseases.
Elimination of transfat is a the cost-effective initiative that will contribute to reducing morbidity and death risks due to heart diseases as well as help in achieving the SDG 3.4 related to NCDs, speakers said.
In order to reduce risks of heart diseases in Bangladesh, PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress) urges to speedily enact and implement policies following WHO guidelines of limiting trans-fat to 2 per cent of total fat in all fats, oils, and foods.
According to the World Heart Federation, heart disease and strokes are the world's leading causes of death, killing 17.1 million people annually. World heart day is celebrated across the world to reduce the number of deaths because of cardiovascular diseases worldwide. It is an international campaign to spread awareness among the common people to save them and motivate them to live with a healthy heart.