Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) accounted for 29.3% of deaths in 2019, with 17 people in Singapore dying from the disease every day. It is hence important to educate and motivate Singaporeans to take care of their hearts.
To increase public awareness and promote preventive measures to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease, Singapore Heart Foundation marks World Heart Day annually on 29 September together with member organisations of the World Heart Federation in 100 other countries. This is usually done through the signature National Heart Week/World Heart Day event where members of the public can take part in free health checks, walk-a-thons and runs, fitness sessions, public talks and other heart-health related activities.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running the signature National Heart Week/World Heart Day event virtually to continue empowering the public with the necessary heart-health information as the battle against cardiovascular disease does not stop. On this microsite, you can still look forward to attending fitness sessions, public health talks and cooking demonstrations - but all in the comfort of your own homes!
Join us as we use ♥ to beat cardiovascular disease!
"In this time of COVID-19, CVD and hypertension patients face more life-threatening complications and a substantially higher risk of death from this coronavirus, as seen in statistics across the world.
In Singapore, four heart patients have died from COVID-19. In addition, 20% of COVID-19 patients have pre-existing high blood pressure, among them 12 people had died."
Prof Tan Huay Cheem
Chairman, Singapore Heart Foundation
Director, National University Heart Centre, Singapore
"The truth is: cardiovascular disease does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender or race.
Cardiovascular disease is also the number 1 killer of women worldwide. In Singapore, 1 in 3 women die of cardiovascular disease."
Mrs Regina Lee
Organising Committee Chairwoman
National Heart Week/World Heart Day 2020 Virtual
Board of Director, Singapore Heart Foundation