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Take Care of Your Heart

29 July 2014
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), or heart disease and stroke as it’s commonly known, is the second leading cause of death in South Africa, after HIV/Aids. 
 
Although we don’t have control over some of the risk factors associated with heart disease such as family history, sex or age — there are some key preventative steps we can take to ensure we avoid heart problems in the future. 
 
Statistics show that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, such as tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are controlled. 
 
The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body.
 
Take the road to a healthy heart today and follow these preventative tips to get you started:
 
1. Go for regular health checks and screenings at your local clinic 
 
2. Maintain a healthy diet. Eat at least five portions of vegetables and / or fruits per day. Don’t forget to keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water 
 
3. Adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle and quit smoking
 
4. Stay active and exercise regularly
 
For more information on World Heart Day, visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa website