Heart Awareness Month is celebrated annually in September, this month is dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease in South Africa.

Heart Awareness Month has long been a platform for raising awareness about heart disease and highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and appropriate treatment. This year, the theme for Heart Awareness Month is to HaveHeart and show you care!

 

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The biggest risk factors for heart disease include a high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and diabetes. Dr Mungal-Singh, the foundation’s CEO and vice president of the World Heart Federation says ‘Scarily, more than 1 in 3 adults in South Africa live with high blood pressure. Even more worrying, most people are completely unaware that they are sitting on this ticking time bomb!’

Do you know your numbers?  

If the answer is no, then don’t be an ostrich with your head in the sand! Go get tested. Dis-Chem are offering FREE screening tests.  Encourage your family and friends to take a selfie while being screened! Then post this on the HSFSA Facebook page or tweet the selfie to @SAHeartStroke  using the hashtag #HaveHeart. By sharing the screening selfie with the HSFSA, you stand a chance of winning great prizes!

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, apart from getting tested, a healthy lifestyle is at the heart of preventing this disease. And I so agree with them! Eating a heart healthy diet is SO important! Think long term, start today! Prevention is KEY!

How to eat more healthy? Here are so more blog posts to help you get there…