The human heart provides the power to your life, pumping 90 000 times every day. Ironically it can also one of your greatest weaknesses. Almost 1 in every 5 deaths in South Africa are caused by heart diseases. Only HIV/AIDS claims more lives.
Heart disease often progress suddenly without any symptoms or forewarning, until a heart attack suddenly strikes. By living healthy and understanding your own health you can prevent heart disease or treat it early before it’s too late.
80% of heart diseases that happen before the age of 65 years can be prevented by eating well, keeping active, and not smoking. In reality, the lifestyles of most people living in South Africa are becoming unhealthier. 2 in 5 South Africans have high blood pressure, 2 in 3 women are overweight, a third of men smoke, nearly half of people are unfit, and most people eat too much salt and not enough fruit and vegetables.
Start living healthy to prevent heart disease and live a long and active life.
Some less common types of heart disease can develop before birth, be inherited from parents, or result from infection. Learn more about the different types of heart disease, what causes heart disease, what you should do when it happens, and how it can be treated.