How to prevent strokes and heart disease

South Africa has 6.3 million people are living with heart disease. It is not necessary to be one of them. Learn to look after yourself and live a longer, healthier life.

Here are 7 problem areas that encourage heart disease and stroke and 7 solutions:
Problem Area – Age. The older you are, the more susceptible you are to heart disease
Solution – You can’t change your age, but you can respect your age and look after yourself.

Problem Area – Family Genetics. If you have family members who have heart diseases, you are more susceptible.
Solution – You can’t change your family genetics, but you can learn from it and be aware
Problem Area – Body weight. If you are overweight, you need to reduce.
Solution – Eat healthier food. Include more fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet
Problem Area – Smoking. Smoking is bad for your health
Solution – If you are a smoker, you need to quit. It is also important to stay away from second hand smoke. Let the smokers in your house smoke outside.
Problem Area – Stress. Stress and worry are not good for you.
Solution – Avoid people and situations that cause you worry and stress. Teach yourself to walk away. Go somewhere where you can calm down.
Problem Area – No Exercise.
Solution – You need to exercise Go for small, brisk walks. Dance more. Move your body more.
Problem Area – Too much salt. Too much salt is your enemy.

Processed food is packed with salt. Cook your own food and use very little or no salt. Learn to add fresh herbs and spices to make your home-cooked meals more interesting.

If you fall into any of these problem areas, go to the clinic and have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. If the clinic prescribes medicine, take your medication regularly and make sure that you fill your prescription so that you do not run out.

Your body – and your health – belong to you. You are in charge, You are the one responsible. Take your heart medication. Eat healthily. Stay away from nicotine. Go for an energetic walk with a good friend. Talk out your worries. Have a good laugh. Have a deep, restful sleep


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