Heart Health

   

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Every day in South Africa, approximately 225 die due to a heart condition, making it the second highest cause of death in the country. So naturally, looking after your heart should be a priority in order to avoid being another statistic. Heart health constitutes as more than just eating right, it involves a change of lifestyle too, especially if you are more prone to heart problems due to high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Here are a few facts on how to promote a healthy lifestyle that can benefit your heart health. These tips can also improve your quality of life.

Being on the lookout for the common symptoms of a heart attack is vital. This can help prevent any further complications. Symptoms of a heart attack include:
  • Sense of overpowering anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness and feeling dizzy
  • Nausea, abdominal pain (vomiting and diarrhea)
  • Pain spreading to areas around the shoulders, arms and neck
  • Extensive chest pain
Noticing these symptoms can help minimise the damage of a heart attack and can potentially save your life if recognised in time and addressed as an emergency.

Unfortunately, not everyone can prevent heart conditions. For some people, heart conditions or conditions that can lead to heart conditions as a complication, are hereditary and thus unavoidable. Should you have a hereditary disease that could affect your heart health, consult your doctor regularly. Some common medications that help manage conditions that can affect heart health are:
  • Blood pressure medication
  • Cholesterol medication
  • Blood thinning / blood clot-preventative medication
  • Medication that helps improve blood flow
  • Kidney medication
Early detection is the key to preventing any severe heart health issues, and thus regular checkups for those at predisposed risk are crucial. Living a healthy lifestyle, as mentioned before, can help prevent a heart condition or manage an underlying one. In the fast paced world we find ourselves in, there are many contributing factors that affect our health negatively, resulting in conditions that can affect our heart. Factors such as:
  • Pollution
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Excessive body weigh
  • Diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure
These factors all play a part in heart health and should be considered carefully when consulting your doctor. Arming yourself with the facts of ailing heart health can help you prevent and spot any issues before they become life-threatening. Be sure to visit your GP for regular check-ups and cholesterol tests, even if you are seemingly fit and health.

Ensure that you have quality health insurance from Oneplan Health Insurance so that you are able to go for regular check-ups. Sign up online today. REFRENCE http://www.heartfoundation.co.za/


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