Cardiovascular diseases have struck innumerable families with unfortunate events and episodes which have altered their future forever. It is one of the leading causes of death in Malta.
In fact, the latest study from WHO has highlighted the fact that 29% of the total deaths in Malta are tied to coronary heart disease.
Cardiovascular diseases range from heart failure, heart attacks, and Strokes/TIAs (transient ischemic attack). Thus, it is pivotal to acknowledge the problem and find remedies to not only diminish the risks of heart disease but also prevent future encounters while improving overall health.
The theme of World Heart Day 2020 is ‘Use Heart’. This branches out to various instances when one should use their heart to not only make informative and adequate choices but also to listen to one’s own heart if an unorthodox feeling arises.
As the World Heart Federation already stated, ‘Use Heart’ is the initiative to use your head, influence, and compassion to overcome underlying health conditions.
There are factors which contribute to the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as;
- Lack of physical activity or a sedentary lifestyle
- Habits (such as smoking)
- Previous diseases in one’s family background/history
Nonetheless, there are numerous prevention methods that can be done to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Monitoring Blood Pressure & Regulating Cholesterol
High blood pressure and high cholesterol should regularly be examined for adequate management. High cholesterol can easily clog the arteries while high blood pressure puts an intensive strain on blood vessels and other organs.
Indulge in a Healthy and Active Lifestyle
A no brainer which is sadly yet truly drastically undermined by the whole population. Exercise together with a healthy and balanced lifestyle can lower the risk of cardiovascular life-threatening conditions
Tone down on Your Habits
Indulging in corrosive habits could exponentially elevate the chance of high blood pressure while also increasing the risks of cancer and other destructive diseases. If one drinks, for example, he/she/they should beware of the recommended amount. A health care provider or another professional can pave the way to cut off unnecessary and unhealthy habits.
Yes, you read that right. Sleep! Getting enough sleep is not only crucial but fundamental. Lack of sleep affects not only blood pressure but also the longevity of our overall weight and health.
Identifying minute yet critical impediments in advance may lessen the risk of even large-scale complications.
Our Advice? Take action before the situation goes beyond repair. It is in fact true, that prevention is better than cure!