How to avoid heart dis­eases

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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.”

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