Home > Medical > Heart Health > Health tips 29 September 2017 SEE: Smoking triples your risk of developing this disease About 82 000 South Africans die a year from heart diseases and strokes. This World Heart Day we take a closer look at the heart. 0 Compiled by Mandy Freeman Related articles You're not too young to have a heart attack How much do you really know about the things that can go wrong with your heart throughout the course of your life? Heart disease the number 1 killer worldwide According to a study, the highest prevalence of heart disease was in countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and eastern and central Europe. 'Spare tyre' worse for your heart than 'love handles' Fat in the stomach, along with fat below the skin has been associated with high triglyceride levels, low HDL levels, high blood pressure and greater risk of diabetes.