About 31% of global deaths occur due to cardiovascular diseases; HMC highlights ways to maintain good heart health
In recognition of World Heart Day (WHD), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is promoting good heart health by reminding residents of Qatar to make healthy choices to protect themselves and their loved ones from heart ailments.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one cause of death. According to the World Health Organization, 31 percent of all global deaths occur due to different kinds of cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi, Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Heart Hospital, explained, “Heart attacks and strokes mainly occur due to a blockage in blood flow to the heart or brain. This is most commonly due to the build-up of fatty deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels taking blood to and from the heart and brain. A combination of risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, lack of physical activity, hypertension and diabetes are considered to be the leading causes of CVD.”[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”1″ position =”none” order =”none” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” border_style =”solid” ]
- Limiting intake of ready-made snacks, which are often high in sugar, fat and salt.
- Ensuring the intake of at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Reducing salt consumption to one teaspoon a day.
- Preparing meals at home for school or work.
- Quitting smoking and being a positive role model for children.
- Increasing activity by limiting the time spent watching TV or using the computer, and getting involved in outdoor activities such as cycling, gardening, or simply walking.
- Knowing your risk of CVD by consulting a healthcare professional who can measure your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, weight and body mass index, and can also advise on a treatment plan if needed.
- Incorporating exercise at work by using the stairs, standing up to answer phone calls and having regular breaks to stretch or exercise for five minutes.
- Encouraging children to be active and getting active yourself by participating in a sport or exercise routine or simply by helping out in household chores.