World Heart Day – The Battle Against Heart Disease

Blog Post by Nisha Doshi, Editorial, Cambridge University Press

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases claim 17.5 million lives per year, representing about 30% of global deaths. To raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, and the associated risk factors such as tobacco, physical inactivity and unhealthy diets, Sunday 27th September 2009 is World Heart Day.

This year’s World Heart Day theme is ‘Work With Heart’ and is aimed to encourage healthier habits within the work place: the World Heart Federation states that almost half of those who die from chronic diseases such as heart attacks and stroke are of working age, while employees engaged in physical activity have greater enjoyment of their work, increased concentration and mental alertness, and better rapport with colleagues. Activities across the world include: radio programmes and an organised walk in Ghana; sporting events, presentations, guided walks and a concert in Slovenia; an orchestral performance, body building, Nordic walking and theme dancing in China; and running events and the launch of teaching centres in Uruguay.

As well as taking part in charity walking events of our own, here at Cambridge University Press we are very aware of the importance of keeping our readers up to date with the battle against heart disease. We have therefore recently published a book with this very title, which charts progress in understanding the heart’s action, the diagnosis of its disorders and their treatment from the time of Hippocrates to the second half of the twentieth century. From the historical perspective to cutting edge research, we are also proud to present Cardiopulmonary Bypass – published this month – and the award-winning Cardiac Arrest, the definitive and most comprehensive reference in advanced life support and resuscitation medicine, and winner of the British Medical Association prize in Cardiology 2008. Recent books in cardiovascular medicine also include Fetal Echocardiography and Stroke Treatment and Prevention, and the Textbook of Stroke Medicine will be published later this year.

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