The Banca del Cuore 2022 Truck Tour continues in Italian cities for the prevention of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases
On 29 September the World Heart Day established by the World Heart Federation to raise awareness among citizens around the world and of all ages on the importance of cardiovascular prevention. Cardiovascular diseases still remain the leading cause of disability, morbidity and mortality in our country, being responsible for 35.8% of all deaths: 32.5% in men and 38.8% in women. Prevention is the first weapon to fight them and becomes even more decisive after the recent pandemic which, in addition to causing a reduction in controls, has caused an increase in cardiovascular diseases in those who have had Covid-19. In particular, in those affected by Covid there was an increase of 20-25% of all cardiovascular diseases, such as arrhythmias, myocardial and pericardial inflammations, ischemic heart disease, cerebral stroke, thrombo-embolic diseases.
The risk factors
To drastically reduce the risk of cardiovascular events there are risk factors, linked to behaviors and lifestyles, on which it is possible to intervene such as smoking, alcohol, improper diet and sedentariness, often in turn the cause of diabetes, obesity, hypercholesterolemia or arterial hypertension – fold Domenico Gabrielli, President of the Foundation for Your Heart of the National Association of Hospital Cardiologists and Director of Cardiology of the San Camillo Hospital in Rome – therefore it is crucial to change, first of all, one’s lifestyle, through a balanced diet, smoking cessation and constant physical activity; but also to correctly take the therapies, where prescribed, to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and finally contact your family doctor for the necessary counseling and periodic checks; It will then be the doctor’s task to recommend laboratory, clinical and instrumental tests deemed useful to the individual patient. The setting of a healthy lifestyle should be anticipated starting from childhood and adolescence, hence the importance of awareness campaigns already at the primary school level.
Thanks to the use of the new cardiovascular risk card – Gabrielli specifies – it is possible to divide people into low, medium, high and very high risk, thus being able to calculate the probability of cardiovascular events of the person being examined and prescribe, where necessary, the best individualized strategy to be adopted (lifestyle, exercise, diet, drug therapy). The ANMCO Foundation for Your Heart has been carrying out in recent months, with enormous success throughout Italy, the extraordinary National Cardiovascular Prevention Campaign “Heart Bank Truck Tour 2022“, (here the dates and itineraries ) conceived and coordinated by Professor Michele Gulizia, who is part of the wider National Cardiovascular Prevention Project “Bank of the Heart“. An initiative promoted by our Foundation, with the patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the National Department of Civil Protection, Rai-Responsabilit Sociale and Federsanit-ANCI. A Jumbo Truck specially set up until November will continue to make a stop in the main Italian squares to reach citizens directly to their home, thus focusing on cardiovascular prevention, today even more decisive after the aggravating effect that the recent pandemic has had underneath. various aspects on the hearts of Italians, with the aim of reducing cardiac deaths which still remain the leading cause of death in our country today. All citizens, who in recent months have been joining the initiative in large numbers, are offered the opportunity to undergo one complete and free cardiological screening. Furthermore, thanks to the Banca del Cuore Project, all citizens who will join the Truck will be given one BancomHeart personal, a unique card in the world that allows 24-hour access to your electrocardiogram, blood pressure values, pathologies suffered, therapies taken, lifestyles practiced and all cardiological and laboratory tests performed. All data will thus be stored in a virtual “safe” that allows, through a secret password known only by the user, to connect from Italy and / or abroad to the “Banca del Cuore” to consult or download one’s own clinical data whenever desired, or make them available to your doctor or to an emergency room in the event of a health emergency. The Banca del Cuore Truck Tour has precisely the intent to reawaken attention to cardiovascular prevention, which is often little considered. Cardiovascular diseases – concludes Gabrielli – hold a sad record that must induce all of us to make a significant effort through prevention, which is the main weapon to fight them.
September 28, 2022 (change September 28, 2022 | 08:16)
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