Residents commemorate World Heart Day

2016-10-06 06:00
 Photo: ANDILE SITHOLE Mediclinic Victoria Hospital nurses encourage the community to live a healthy lifestyle.

Photo: ANDILE SITHOLE Mediclinic Victoria Hospital nurses encourage the community to live a healthy lifestyle.

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CHRONIC diseases such as heart attack and stroke need special medical attention as soon as the body shows symptoms.

These were views shared at the heart and stroke awareness programme at Mediclinic Victoria Hospital in Tongaat last week as 29 September was World Heart Day.

Those attending the function were urged to be vigilant of the early symptoms of heart attack and stroke diseases.

The initiative was part of the clinic’s community work programmes aimed at giving back.

Nursing services manager Vanitha Naicker urged senior citizens to check for high blood pressure and cholesterol regularly in order to maintain a healthy life.

“Excising every day helps the heart pump blood effectively and this is recommended­ for patients suffering from high blood pressure,” she said.

According to the KZN Department of Health a lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, high blood pressure, cholesterol and high glucose levels are main factors that cause heart disease.

The department said in a statement that heart disease and stroke kill 17.1 million people every year.

KZN MEC for Health Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo said in a statement: “World Heart Day encourages us to reduce our cardiovascular risk and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us.

“It is part of the international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention.

“This is the perfect day to quit smoking, get excising and start eating healthy, all in the name of keeping your heart in good working order and improving the health and well-being of other people.

“The department encourages people to make lifestyle changes and adopt ways that are good for their heart. This message is becoming increasingly relevant as reports of obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity in children and young people become more common,” he said.

The department said that about 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors such as tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are controlled.

Dhlomo urged the public to visit their clinic for a check-up every year in order to help prevent an increase in the number of people dying from heart diseases or a stroke.

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