World Heart Day is observed every year on September 29 to raise awareness across the world about cardiovascular (CV) diseases. CV diseases, more commonly known as heart disease or stroke, are basically diseases of the heart or blood vessels.
According to the World Heart Federation, CV diseases are the biggest killers in the world accounting for 17.5 million deaths every year with the number expected to cross 23 million by 2030. Some of the factors contributing to these numbers include uncontrolled hypertension, high cholesterol levels, obesity, smoking, diabetes and a sedentary lifestyle.
The theme this World Heart Day is “Share the Power” with the focus on inspiring people across the world to be heart healthy. The focus is on creating heart-healthy environments that will help reduce cardiovascular risk be it at work or at home. Simple changes in lifestyle including healthy eating, exercising, lower alcohol consumption and giving up smoking are some of the ways to cut or even prevent the risk of CV diseases.
According to the FDA, 2,200 people die from cardiovascular disease every day in the United States – this adds up to about 815,000 Americans every year. Given these statistics, it is not surprising that several healthcare companies devote a significant amount of R&D dollars on developing treatments and devices for cardiovascular and other diseases that increase the risk of heart issues. According to a GBI Research report, more than 1,400 products are in active development for CV diseases with the focus being on four main indications – hypertension, heart failure, dyslipidemia and thrombosis.
Importantly, it is not just healthcare companies that are involved in the fitness segment – with many CV diseases being preventable by addressing behavioral risk factors like food consumption, smoking and lack of exercise, people are becoming more conscious about their health. This has led to tech companies coming out with…