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Heart Awareness Month

September is Heart Awareness Month – an entire month dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease in South Africa, culminating with World Heart Day on 29 September. Together with the World Heart Federation, we at the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA aim to spread the word that at least 80% of these premature deaths (before the age of 60) can be prevented with a healthy balanced diet, being physically active regularly and avoiding smoking

South Africa has one of the highest rates of high blood pressure worldwide, with 1 in 3 people currently living with high blood pressure. Yet almost half of the people affected don’t even know they have high blood pressure! So, for Heart Awareness Month 2014 we are encouraging South Africans to “Beat the pressure. Get tested”. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes for heart attacks and stroke so we urge South Africans to go for a free blood pressure test this September to find out if they are at risk. Along with getting their blood pressure tested, we’re also encouraging South Africans to lower their salt intake, as a high salt diet is a key driver for high blood pressure.

Book an appointment at any Clicks Clinic for a FREE blood pressure test during the month of September.  Call 0860-254-257 to book an appointment. For more information about heart health, and where you can get screened, contact the Heart and Stroke Health Line on 0860 1 HEART (43278), email heart@heartfoundation.co.za or view our screening calendar.