Heart and stroke awareness month begins

2018-09-13 06:00
PHOTO: andile sitholeSome of the people who attended the heart and stroke awareness event at Mediclinic Victoria last year.

PHOTO: andile sitholeSome of the people who attended the heart and stroke awareness event at Mediclinic Victoria last year.

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HEART attacks and strokes are silent killers that affect many people around the world.

They affect both men and women, yet most people don’t know how easy it is to avoid being at serious risk of heart disease.

Sandy Naicker, patient experience officer at Mediclinic Victoria Hospital said: “This heart and stroke awareness month we are encouraging everyone to take the first step to healing their heart by adopting some form of exercise. You need to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day at least five days a week to promote a healthy heart. Exercise is more effective at reducing the risks for heart disease than any pills a doctor can prescribe.”

In addition, simple changes such as a balanced diet, avoiding saturated fats and leaving cigarettes behind, can all have a large impact on your health.

“Don’t let another season pass you by without taking ownership of your health. As you age you become more likely to develop heart disease.

For women, factors such as obesity and menopause need to be taken into account when assessing your health,” Naicker said.

She said that an annual cholesterol screening test is important, especially to people over 35 years old.

“Discuss the results with a trained medical professional who will consider your results in combination with other risk factors. Having consistently high blood pressure, regardless of whether it’s caused by lifestyle or familial factors, will increase your risk.

“So this September, Mediclinic invites the public to take advantage of free blood pressure and cholesterol tests at one of our participating hospitals and to share the message of healing your heart with friends and family on September 12.”

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