Love your heart — keep it beating against heart disease

2018-09-13 06:01

HEART disease and strokes affect both men and women, yet most people don’t recognise how easy it is to avoid serious risk of heart disease.

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.

An annual cholesterol screening test is important, especially if you’re over 35. 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 you to take advantage of free blood pressure and cholesterol tests at one of our participating hospitals and to share the message on healing your heart with friends and family. Let us help you #KeepItBeating.

Please visit Mediclinic Victoria on September 12 to take your free health test.

Registration: 8.30 am (session 1 from 9 am to 10.30 am).

Registration: 10.30 am (session 2 from 11 am to 12.30 pm).

Registration: 12.30 pm (session 3 from 1 pm to 2.30 pm). -Supplied

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