THE heart is one of your body’s critical organs – if it breaks, you die.
Considering how important it is, it’s strange how many people don’t take care of it.
September is Heart Awareness Month, a campaign by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa.
Prof Pamela Naidoo, CEO of the foundation, said: “Everyone needs a check-up. Get your blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, blood iron and weight tested.”
You can get the check-up for free at any Dis-Chem pharmacy countrywide this month.
Cardiovascular disease kills about 17,7 million people yearly – that’s 82 000 lives in Mzansi!
The foundation is pushing the campaign with two messages: My Heart your Heart and the Hearts of all South Africans.
The top heart health topics
All messages will be emphasised during the last week of the month.
Smoking: Inhaling burning tobacco triples heart attack and doubles stroke risk.
Salt and hypertension: Consuming salt raises blood pressure and keeps it high for long. This is hypertension and it strains the heart.
Nutrition and exercise: A poor diet and lack of exercise lead to an unhealthy weight and increased risk of heart disease.
To help your heart, the heart foundation encourages you to be physically active for just 150 minutes a week.