Bulgaria Marks World Heart DaySociety | September 27, 2009, Sunday // 10:33| views
A banner in Sofia reading, "I Love My Heart", during the events marking the World Heart Day. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria marks Sunday World Heart Day with series of events and free cardiology exams in hospitals across the country.
World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world's leading cause of death, claiming 17,2 million lives each year.
The World Heart Federation informs that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.
World Heart Day 2009 is held Sunday, September 27, in over one hundred countries across the world. Activities organized by members and partners of the World Heart Federation will include runs, public talks, concerts, sporting events and much more.
World Heart Day was organized for the first time on September 24, 2000.