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Florida Department of Health in Brevard Celebrates World Heart Day

By Florida Department of Health in Brevard County

September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

Florida Department of Health in Brevard Celebrates World Heart Day

Anita Stremmel
(321) 639-5815

Merritt Island, FL The Florida Department of Health in Brevard (DOH-Brevard) and the World Heart Federation are proud to celebrate the 18th annual World Heart Day, which raises awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention. World Heart Day will be celebrated on September 29, 2017 and the theme is “Share the Power.” This year’s theme emphasizes that the key to a healthy heart is to “know your heart, fuel your heart, move your heart, and love your heart.1

“The main purpose of heart health programs like World Heart Day is to make people aware of their unhealthy habits and the need for exercise,” stated DOH-Brevard Health Officer Maria Stahl. “It is our hope that individuals will make lifestyle changes that will improve their heart health and overall health.”

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death in the United States and Florida.2,3 Each year, one in four Americans and one in three Floridians die from cardiovascular disease. 2,3 About half of all Americans have at least one of these three risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.3 All Americans are at risk for cardiovascular disease, but the non-Hispanic black community, particularly those in the southeastern United States, have a greater risk. Nearly 44 percent of African American men and 48 percent of African American women have some form of cardiovascular disease.4

It is important to remember that with cardiovascular health, many factors that cause an early death can be controlled through lifestyle changes.5 Each day strive to protect your heart and the hearts of those you love. We encourage you to take the initiative to keep your heart charged and “share the power” to make a lasting difference in the health of your community.

This World Heart Day, let’s commit to creating a healthier Florida through lifestyle changes including:

These actions can contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes throughout Florida. Visit to find out what you can do to take part in this year’s World Heart Day, as well as and to learn more about stroke and heart attack resources.

About the Florida Department of Health

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Data Sources:

  1. World Heart Day (2017). About Cardiovascular Disease. Retrieved from
  2. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2015). Heart disease and Stroke. Retrieved from
  3. Florida Department of Health (2015). Heart Disease. Retrieved from
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. African Americans Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheet. Retrieved from
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). World Heart Day. Retrieved from

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