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Heart Health

20 June 2011

Heart disease, stroke: death by ignorance?

Cardiovascular disease kills 200 South Africans every day, are you at risk? 'Get Tested Day', on the 21st of June, encourages all South Africans to get their health tested.

Cardiovascular disease kills 200 South Africans every day, are you at risk? 'Get Tested Day' will be celebrated on the 21st of June, encouraging all South Africans to get their health tested. This annual campaign is focused on education and creating awareness of knowing your numbers, knowing your risk.

High blood pressure (Hypertension) is known as the "silent killer" and unfortunately many South Africans are unaware of the increased risk of not knowing their status.

  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Are a diabetic
  • Are over the age of 45 years

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid smoking - do not invest into this death policy – there are no benefits!
  • Eat a diet low in salt and saturated fat
  • Consume adequate potassium-rich foods (fruit, vegetables, nuts, low fat or fat free milk)
  • Get 30 minutes of physical activity on most or all days of the week eg. Running, dancing, house-cleaning, anything that you will enjoy)
  • Limit your alcohol intake to no more than one drink a day for women or two drinks per day for men

 

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