FS faces more heart disease

2016-11-16 06:01

An increase in cardiovascular disease (CVD) among residents of the Free State has placed the province among the top three in South Africa when it comes to heart attacks.

Of the nine provinces, the Free State is ranked third, with 1 047 emergency calls over a two-year period related to possible ticker-pro-blems or CVD.

This is according to findings by Pharma Dynamics, South Africa’s leading provider of generic cardiovascular medication. Findings by the body reveal that cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in South Africa after HIV/Aids.

The organisation stated that findings were done by analysing the number of calls a top emergency response firm, which treats both medical aid and state patients - received for possible heart attacks across the country over a two-year period (May 2014 to April 2016).

It stated that over 78 000 South Africans die each year from heart disease and there are no signs of a decrease in the foreseeable future.

Based on the report, Gauteng residents have by far the highest risk to suffer from a heart attack, with 3 359 emergency calls for heart-rela-ted conditions. Behind Gauteng are residents in KwaZulu-Natal with calls recorded at 1 692.

According to the report, the cases in the other provinces were as follows:

Mpumalanga 868 cases, Eastern Cape 552 cases, Northern Cape 408 cases, North West Province 384 cases and Limpopo having the lowest cases, with 201.

According to Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, work stress has a major impact on one’s heart-health.

Stress exposes the body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which puts additional strain on the heart.

Subsequently, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa revealed that 75% of cardiovascular events occur in 5% to 10% of people who have suffered a previous heart attack or stroke.

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