Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is a leading cause of death worldwide,what to do to prevent it – David  Duruji

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Today 29th september is World Heart Day. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is a leading cause of death worldwide. According to  Robyn Mugridge, “The theme for this year’s World Heart Day on September 29th is ‘Share the power’. By empowering and inspiring millions of people across the globe, World Heart Day 2017 will promote making “small changes”, such as eating a healthy diet, getting more exercise, and giving up smoking, in order to make a powerful difference to heart health. “

While World Heart Day aims to raise awareness that CVD is the number one cause of death worldwide, this year’s campaign emphasizes the need for increased investment in strategies for CVD prevention in low and middle income countries, which account for 80% of CVD deaths.

Lifestyle changes do help to protect our heart. We can keep our heart health by these means;

1. Visit your Doc once or twice a year to check the following: blood pressure (BP), blood glucose level, cholesterol, weight, body mass index (BMI). Controlling these risk factors especially BP will help to safeguard our heart. A friend who was 45 years old unfortunately 2 months ago died from heart attack due to uncontrolled BP.

2. Eat heart healthy diet. These are fruits, vegetables etc. Avoid salty, sugar filled foods eg fruit juice, ‘soft’ drinks. Replace them with water and your heart will thank you.

3. Stop cigarete smoking including secondhand smoking ie inhaling smoke from a smoker.

4. Move more ie exercise. This could be in form of just walking some distances everyday. Making at least 10,000 steps a day is a healthy practice.

David Duruji

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