World Heart Day is an international campaign that takes place on the 29th of September and aims to spread awareness about the risks associated with heart disease and stroke prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world for men and women which is then followed by; dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, lung cancer and lung disease. According to Scientists the mortality rate is said to increase over the coming years.
According to CVD statistics in 2015, more than 85 million people in Europe were living with cardiovascular diseases and it resulted in 3.9 million deaths.
Despite this information, 80% of strokes and heart attacks are preventable according to the NHS.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of CDC says that, “Adults can seize the day using daily opportunities to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Many of these cardiovascular events are happening to middle-aged adults, who we wouldn’t normally consider to be at risk. Most of these events can be prevented through daily actions to help lower risk and better manage medical conditions.”
What can be done to prevent heart disease or cardiovascular problems?
Firstly, it is never too early to take preventative measures for heart diseases. Preventing them is all about making better choices that will affect your heart health for the rest of your life.
Controlling blood pressure is very important in relation to heart diseases. It is important to get checked regularly and make lifestyle changes to control the levels.
Getting regular exercise has many benefits including strengthening the heart and improving circulation. It also helps lower cholesterol and keep blood pressure levels healthy and steady.
Having a healthy diet is imperative for good heart health. Try limiting the amount of saturated fats and foods high in sodium and sugar. Start eating plenty of whole grains, fresh fruit, and vegetables.
Limiting alcohol intake can avoid raising your blood pressure and decrease the intake of calories which influences heart health.
Studies shows that little sleep is linked to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. All of which are associated with heart diseases. Make sure you have a good night’s sleep by getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep for adults.