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Mar 01, 2012

HAPPY for Heart Health in India and Beyond

A powerful program dedicated to the prevention of heart disease.

Did you know that up to 90% of the causes of heart disease are preventable? Through lifestyle changes and cardiovascular risk reduction, we have the power to control our heart health and drastically reduce our chances of ever developing heart disease. But if heart disease is largely preventable, why is it the leading cause of death in the U.S. and most industrialized countries?

Although every culture is different, there is one key reason why heart disease claims 17 million lives each year—a lack of awareness. To tackle this issue, a number of national and international organizations are dedicated to educating the public about prevention. Together, these groups hope to reduce the global impact of heart disease and help us live healthier, longer lives. One group that we could all take a few notes from is HAPPY—Heart Attack Prevention Program for You.

The HAPPY Globally Foundation, dedicated to increasing awareness about cardiovascular risk factors and promoting healthy lifestyle through mass communication, has helped touch the lives of approximately 20,000 individuals internationally. Through free screenings, follow-up coaching and communications, HAPPY has helped reduce cardiovascular risk by as much as 15-20% through their efforts in the United States, Europe, India and beyond. In fact, they recently set four world records for their mass health screenings, one of which was set in India on January 24, 2012 when they performed diabetes and cholesterol screenings for 4,684 patients in 24 hours.

As HAPPY and other organizations promote heart health, their efforts highlight the essentials of heart disease education. By educating individuals on the risk factors for heart disease—weight, smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes—they can become empowered to reduce their cardiovascular risk and pass that knowledge onto family and friends. And no matter what culture, making just a few heart-healthy changes today can have a big impact on our collective health and future.