Learn more about heart problems

2019-10-08 06:00
Pamela Naidoo

Pamela Naidoo

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As part of commemorating World Heart Day, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa hosted a wellness day programme at the V&A Waterfront, during which the most common causes of heart problems were highlighted.

The day is celebrated annually, and took place on Sunday 29 September this year.

The foundation, in partnership with Philips Healthcare in South Africa, hosted the programme on Friday 27 September. It comprised healthy food, music, cycling, skipping interactions with the public, and educating them on how to prevent the condition.

Professor Pamela Naidoo from the Heart and Stroke Foundation said the day was important because, with the right knowledge, the severity of sudden cardiac arrest could be reduced.

She said people know about heart attacks, but there are other lesser known conditions that need to be highlighted.

In a statement, it is explained that a person’s best chance of survival in the case of sudden cardiac arrest is to receive a defibrillator shock within five minutes of collapsing, with chances of survival reducing by 10 percent every minute.

“Access to these automated external defibrillators is central to saving lives.

“It is important for the public to be aware of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, which include smoking, hypertension, poor diet and a lack of physical activity,” said Naidoo.

She advises people to adopt healthy habits, and says according to the foundation’s research, cardiac arrest is usually caused by high blood pressure and smoking.

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