Heart disease doesn’t discriminate, and it’s a health problem that could affect all South Africans – from all cultural and racial backgrounds.
ALSO READ: Christiaan Barnard celebrated in ‘Heartbreaker’ book, 50 years after the first successful heart transplant
High blood pressure, palpitations, and heart attack risk factors are some conditions associated with the larger blanket of cardiac conditions.
All South Africans should monitor their heart health.
ALSO READ: Poem of the day: Africa is in my heartbeat
Here’s what to know about cardiac (heart) disease statistics, and why it matters.
Heart disease is a Zulu and Xhosa problem, too
According to the British Heart Foundation, black and Caribbean people are at higher risk of cardian disease.
Heart disease is a problem that can affect everyone equally, though black Africans (or those with black Africans in their family) could be at a higher risk.
ALSO READ: ‘Heart of the hunter’: First look at upcoming film
Cleveland Clinic says that black Africans have a 47% risk factor, while white people are at 36%.
Genetic factors, diet, and exercise can also play a role. If someone in your family has a history of heart conditions, it can also up your risk factor.
Heart disease and health
According to WebMD, exercise and regular doctor’s visits can contribute to better health – and combat cardiac disease.
ALSO READ: Catfished: Potential signs of a romance scammer
With South Africa’s heatwaves and life’s daily stressors, heart health is even more important. Cholesterol and high blood pressure are some conditions that you could be at risk for.
All South Africans are encouraged to watch their health!
Heart disease and you
The South African Heart Foundation underlines the importance of a healthy heart.
Eat healthy, and cut down on your intake of synthetic fats (yes, real butter can be healthier in small amounts!).
If you experience symptoms of a heart condition, visit your doctor or clinic.
Send us your thoughts
Send us your thoughts about this story. Reach our team at The South African by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
READ MORE ARTICLES BY FRANCOIS JANSEN (ALEX COYNE)