The National Heart Institute of Malaysia (IJN) organised a heart awareness programme dubbed “The Incredible Heart” in conjunction with the worldwide World Heart Day celebration on the Sept 29, 2015. The ongoing month-long IJN programme is ongoing has various activities to promote awareness for a healthy heart to the public.

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This year’s theme announced by the World Heart Federation is to create Heart-Health Environment. Being the largest single set up hospital for cardiovascular and thoracic care in Malaysia, the IJN took it upon themselves to be the curator for the World Heart Day celebration by creating more awareness on heart diseases and prevention in the country.

The World Heart Day was first established in the 2000 as an initiative to inform and educate the public around the world that heart diseases and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death and the ways in which to prevent them. Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) is the one to take the number one spot on the list of killer diseases.

At least 80% of the premature heart disease and stroke could have been prevented if the risk factors such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, salt intake, physical inactivity and high blood pressure were to be controlled. However, it was found that many people do not have the luxury to engage in heart-healthy activities due to their working and living environment.

IJN believes that The Incredible Heart initiative may be able to help everyone to learn about making healthy choices in their lives especially on their food consumption as well as their living environment. To be aware is crucial especially for Malaysians as the Ministry of Health announcement earlier this year entails; “Malaysia is the most obese nation in Southeast Asia, and the figure is still increasing.”

Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub, the chief executive officer of IJN who is also a senior consultant cardiothoracic surgeon had this to say following the official launch of the Incredible Heart event on Sept 7, 2015:

“This year’s theme from the World Heart Federation is Heart-Healthy Environments and to realise this theme, IJN created a campaign called The Incredible Heart to educate the public on how easy it is to take care of your incredible heart.”

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Many activities were conducted as a part of the month-long event, which included free adult and paediatric heart screening every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the month. Every Tuesday and Thursday on the other hand, had dietetics and food services department of IJN seen to be doing healthy cooking demonstrations.

They had also conducted a free quit smoking clinic involving a Carbon Monoxide PPM test to create awareness on the negative effects of the smoking habits of Malaysians.

Additionally, the IJN had also conducted easy to do exercises, hygiene hand washing, education on the variable tests available at IJN and many more. IJN’s Incredible Heart theme carries the hashtag #ijnwhd2015 and #worldheartday to promote the awareness to everyone in Malaysia and not just the visitors of IJN.

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IJN Celebrates World Heart Day With The Theme Heart Healthy Environments
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