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Heart Health

06 April 2011

The Cardiologist: heart questions

Heart disease is the number one killer in South Africa. Do you know enough about what causes heart disease, and how to prevent it?

Heart disease is the number one killer in South Africa. The current statistics show that 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women will have a heart condition before the age of 60.  Do you know enough about what causes heart disease?  Besides hereditary factors, there are also lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, stress, smoking and an unhealthy diet which can contribute to heart disease and heart attacks. Here are some of the questions sent to the Cardiologist.

For the last few days I get a sudden, sharp thumping-type pain in the centre of my chest. It occurs every few minutes for a few hours, and then nothing for a few hours. There is no specific pattern to it - like after meals or early morning.

 

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