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2010 World Heart Day

September 26 is World Heart Day, yet another day dedicated to caring for the heart. The World Heart Federation teams up with the World Health Organization to improve awareness in cardiovascular diseases in 100 countries. Activities will include health checks, organized walks, runs and fitness sessions, public talks, stage shows, scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, carnivals and sports tournaments.

The event is being held in effort to reducing deaths resulting from cardiovascular diseases. Yearly, such diseases claim about 17.1 million, making them the world’s vicious silent killers. People who have high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and glucose, overweight and obese, and well as those who smoke eat less fruits and vegetables, and rarely engage in physical activities are at high risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart diseases and stroke.

How can you avoid cardiovascular diseases?

Aside from healthy diet, regular exercise, moderate drinking, and saying no to tobacco, one has to observe his or her cardiovascular risks.

  • Regularly check blood pressure, because in many cases, it causes sudden stroke or heart attack.
  • Keep blood sugar levels low, especially if you are diabetic or have history of diabetes in the family.
  • Lower cholesterol levels to lower risk of stroke or heart attack. Keep a healthy diet, proper exercise, and if necessary, appropriate medications.
  • Reduce stress as chronic stress combined with other risk factors can also lead to heart attack and stroke. So as much as possible, make an effort in keeping a good relationship with people around you, have time for relaxation, and live a simple life.

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