Facts & Stats 
- Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) leads to 17.3 million deaths a year.
- It is a myth that CVD mostly affects affluent, male, older populations - it can affect all ages and population groups, including women and children.
- There are 1,000,000 number of babies born each year worldwide with a congenital heart defect.
- Worldwide, one in 10 school children are estimated to be overweight, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
- After stopping smoking for 15 years, the risk of heart attack falls to the same level that it would be for someone who has never smoked.
- 600,000 - number of non-smokers, including children, are killed each year from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Half of the world's children regularly breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke. Smoking causes 10% of CVD.
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 female deaths each year.
- Take public transportation, bike to work or take the stairs whenever possible!
- Reduce your portion sizes of less healthy food and increase the portion size of healthy food.
- Do your house chores!
- Say NO to tobacco!
- Follow the World Heart Federation on Twitter, Facebook and use the #heartchoices & #worldheartday hashtag
- Donate and make a difference!
- Visit the World Heart Federation website.
- Watch and share the World Heart Federation video to give everyone the opportunity to make Heart Choices NOT Hard Choices!
 World Heart Federation http://www.world-heart-federation.org/index.php?id=123