WORLD HEART DAY
September has several health awareness topics like suicide prevention, Self care, Gynecological cancers, Blood cancers, HIV/AIDS, and healthy aging. We will discuss heart diseases today. The World Heart Federation has designated September 29th as World Heart Day, to bring awareness of Heart and Vessels Disease (CVD) and how they can be prevented. Each year about 18.9 million people worldwide die of heart disease and stroke.
CVD Diseases include: Heart Attacks, Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke/TIA, Heart Failure, Rhythm Problems, Heart Valve Problems, Congenital Heart Disease (Birth defects), Cardiomyopathy (Heart Muscle Disease), and Blood Vessel Diseases affecting vessels in the neck/legs. The first 6 listed are the most common.
Risk Factors for CVD: These are due to acquired or inherited conditions but most are acquired and include: Hypertension, Tobacco use, high cholesterol, high Triglycerides, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, Insulin resistance, physical inactivity, excessive use of alcohol, air pollution, stress and Inflammation from diseases such as arthritis, lupus, psoriasis or inflammatory diseases. Among these, High Blood Pressure is the number one in most populations. The inherited causes include, genetic factors, Family history, ethnicity, age and gender. One in three deaths from CVD occur prematurely in people under 70 years and 75% of deaths occur in low and middle income countries, so it’s a fallacy to think they occur only in rich countries and elderly people.
Prevention of CVD and Complications
SMALL EFFORTS CAN LEAD TO GREAT BENEFITS. YOUR HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS. CHOOSE TO TAKE CONTROL.
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Dr. Barbara Entsuah MD (Author, Educator, and Speaker)
Author of: “A woman’s Guide to Her Body and Total Health”