Take Care of Your Heart, Your Life Depends on it
29 of September is known as World Heart Day.
Did you know, heart disease and strokes are amongst the leading cause of death in South Africa.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2 in 5 South Africans have high blood pressure; 2 in 3 women are overweight; nearly half of the population is unfit and approximately 17.3 million people die from cardiovascular disease (CVD), globally. Despite these alarming numbers, the good news is, that 80% of heart diseases and strokes that happen before the age of 70 years can be prevented by simply living a healthy lifestyle and treating conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
A healthy lifestyle involves eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, managing your day-to-day stress, if you enjoy drinking alcohol then doing so in moderation and maintaining a healthy weight.
Life after a heart attack is manageable and the road to recovery is a lifelong journey where one can learn more about living a healthier life or changing one’s lifestyle altogether.
Did you Know?
Close to 5 million South Africans have been fully vaccinated, you could be next. People from the ages of 18 years and above can now register and get vaccinated for Covid-19.
To register, access the EVDS portal by clicking here.
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6 – 11 September: Adult Learner’s Week
10 September: World Suicide Prevention Day
29 September: World Heart Day