September – World Heart Month…
What is World Heart Awareness Month?
Celebrated annually in September, this month is dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease culminates on World Heart Day on the 29th of September. 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. More people die yearly from Heart Disease than any other chronic non-communicable disease. Cardiovascular disease – this is a name given to those conditions which tend to lead to heart attack angina (chest pain) and/or stroke. Things which cause these include narrowing or even totally blocked blood vessels. At times there are other factors such as things which impact your heart’s muscle, the rhythm of the heart valves as well as the ability of them to open or close due to disease.
Our lifestyles are largely to blame for this problem and many persons are not as active as they may have been in previous times. This also influences our children who are vulnerable and are influenced by our unhealthy practices, and the example set by adults. Beyond World Heart Month – Do not become a statistic… Think about the loss to family and friends.
Take into consideration that sudden death does not give persons the chance to say good-bye to anyone as compared to other chronic non-communicable diseases.The cost of losing someone to Heart Disease can be broken down to:
Company Loss – Staff trauma, Increased workload until persons retrained, Reduced productivity.
Family Loss – Generally main bread-winner succumbs, income source lost. Children loses parent or guardian, family life disrupted significantly.
Friend Loss – Church or community groups reduced in resources.
You can easily identify other areas of loss…
So what do we do?
Maybe it is too easy or maybe just too obvious for some of us to recognize, but the impact of just 30 minutes of physical activity for say five days a week can be great help. Activity such as exercises in its various forms (walking/jogging/lunges…) can reduce our chances of death from heart disease. All that it takes is 150 mins per week, and further to this – being highly active 700 – 750 mins per week is linked to even higher reduction. Why not include 30 minutes of activity during your day? Walk to the cafe or an extra trek around the block before you go home, or as you do your daily rounds. Physical activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality and cardio-vascular disease.
Ideally we all should know the signs and symptoms though of Heart Disease, such that we may be able to save a life. These symptoms include (not limited too…)
Chest – Pain | Tightness | Pressure | Discomfort – sometimes not all at once…
Breathing – Shortness of breath or being winded
Legs/Arms – Pain | Numbness | Weakness | Coldness to touch by someone
Other Pain – Neck | Jaw | Throat | Back | Upper Abdomen
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