The start of a new season is the perfect time to take care of our hearts.
We hope to raise awareness about ways in which we can prevent diseases such as heart attacks, heart failure, and strokes. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is an illness that causes all three of the above.
Hypertension can be caused by:
Unhealthy diets (excessive salt consumption, a diet high in saturated fat and trans fats, low intake of fruits and vegetables)
Excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol
It is a deadly disease because in many instances there are no symptoms at all, almost half the people in the world that have it, don't even know that they do!
If your blood pressure is very high you may have:
It is therefore very important to check your blood pressure at your local clinic/ doctor at least twice a year, especially if your parents or siblings are known to have blood pressure or heart problems.
If you are prescribed medication, you must take the medication every day so that your blood pressure will normalize. Skipping your medications or defaulting for long periods will cause you to be at a high risk for:
Eye and nerve damage
Exercising for at least 30 minutes three times a week will keep your heart healthy and your body fit. Remember, healthy hearts beat longer if they're well looked after!