How to avoid heart diseases
In SA, it is estimated that about 225 people die of heart disease every day. This is according to Pharma Dynamics spokesperson Nicole Jennings.
She said while the figures were shocking, it was well known that the country has one of the highest rates of obesity, smoking and drinking in the world. These were all major contributing factors to cardiovascular disease.
She said at least 80% of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and at least 40% of cancers could be prevented by adopting lasting lifestyle changes.
“Eating well and making good nutritional choices can save your life and prevent the onset of many lifestyle diseases, including chronic conditions such as diabetes.”
Her sentiments were shared by East London cardiologist Dr Wayne Lubbe.
He said cardiovascular diseases were caused by the hardening and narrowing of the arteries and puts blood flow at risk.
Lubbe said this often caused pain in the chest which people misdiagnosed as indigestion.
“People think they just have some indigestion [when] what they really have is angina; chest pain which is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.”
He said that most heart-related diseases could be prevented by quitting the bad habits and adopting a healthier lifestyle.
“If you want to prevent a heart attack and take care of your overall cardiovascular health, go for walks four times a week for at least 30 minutes and try to maintain a reasonable body weight, quit smoking, get active and find ways to [decrease] your stress levels.”
He said being a good place physically, emotionally, and mentally was a big boost for your health. As we kick off a new year, Lubbe said it was important to always be in a positive space.
“These are the things you want to do because they make a big difference. Being in a good place is a good start, everything is complementary.”