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Heart disease is the silent killer amongst us. Each year, it takes more lives than any other disease. And yet, it can be easily prevented. Find out about the causes, symptoms and preventive measure for cardiovascular diseases in this slideshow.

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Heart disease

  1. 1. Heart DiseaseA healthy heart is the secret to a Befikar life!Powered by
  2. 2. • Cardiovascular diseasesinclude a number of heart andblood vessel disorders.• They cause more deathsglobally than any other disease.• Women and men are equallyaffected.• About 1 million babies areborn each year with congenitalheart defects.Cardiovascular DiseasesAccording to the World Heart Federation, more than 17.3 million people die ofcardiovascular diseases each year.
  3. 3. Causes of Cardiovascular DiseasesUnhealthy diet and physicalinactivity, which lead to:• Obesity, high blood pressure,high blood glucose, and highblood lipids.• Other factors are: excessiveuse of tobacco and alcohol,stress, and hereditarypredisposition.
  4. 4. Some Common Symptoms• Pain/discomfort in the centre ofthe chest, arms, left shoulder,elbows, jaw, and back.• Shortness of breath, feeling light-headed or fainting, loss ofcoordination and difficultyspeaking.• Nausea, fatigue, confusion.• Sudden difficulty in seeing, ornumbness along one side of thebody.If you experience these symptoms, you may be having a stroke, or heart attack,or rheumatic fever. It is best to seek emergency medical care in this situation.
  5. 5. Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases• Eat a balanced and healthydiet.• Exercise regularly.• Avoid tobacco.• Check your risk of heartdisease regularly by monitoringyour blood pressure, bloodsugar and blood lipids.Did You Know? According to the WHO, about 80% of cardiovascular diseasesare preventable!
  6. 6. Some Useful LinksTest your risk for heart disease: your children about living a healthy life and the importance of a healthyheart: out more about how heart disease affects women, and how it can bespotted and prevented:
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