Last updated on Jan 15th, 2021 at 03:44 pm

September is Heart Awareness Month, dedicated to creating awareness and preventing heart disease. Follow these five tips for a healthy heart and keep heart disease at bay.

Heart disease is a serious problem: every day 195 South Africans die from heart disease. Heart attacks, strokes and heart failure are the three most common causes of these deaths. 

But this can be prevented following these five tips for a healthy heart

Tip 1 for a healthy heart: Know your stats

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Three tests can help you establish if youâ??re at risk for heart disease:

• A blood pressure test

 • A cholesterol test, and 

 • A weight assessment.

This is because increased LDL cholesterol, increased blood pressure and being overweight can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Once you know how you measure you can take steps to make your heart healthy.

Tip 2 for a healthy heart: Get some exercise

Getting regular exercise can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease. Physical activity will help you control your weight and can reduce your chances of developing other conditions that may put a strain on your hearts, like high blood pressure. 

Tip 3 for a healthy heart: Change your diet

Feed your heart the right stuff to keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight within the healthy ranges. Eat a balanced diet by choosing a variety of nutritious foods that are low in cholesterol, fat, salt and sugar. Increase your fibre and wholegrain intake and eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Tip 4 for a healthy heart: Change your lifestyle

Poor lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking too much alcohol can put too much strain on your health. Stop smoking and cut down on your alcohol consumption.  

Tip 5 for a healthy heart: Stress less

If left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and chest pains. Find ways to manage your stress to avoid it impacting negatively on your health and your heart.

For more health and wellness tips see Health benefits of eating liquorice, Taking care of your underarms, Tone up your arms for summer and Why you should get a pap smear.

 

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