September 29th: World Heart Day

This is a day to promote prevention strategies and raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases.

World Heart Day also aims to promote healthy lifestyle habits from childhood, to prevent heart diseases during adulthood. In this sense, it is worth noting that cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including myocardial infarction and stroke, are among the leading causes of death worldwide, but can be prevented.

Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and contributes significantly to the pathogenesis of stroke, and heart and kidney failure. For that matter, the Heine line of blood pressure monitors offers the highest quality and precision for measuring blood pressure levels when it is imperative to know these values in order to prevent and treat hypertension.

How to prevent CVD?

Ninety percent of heart attacks can be prevented because they are usually associated with risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol level, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

On the one hand, smoking is a major cardiovascular risk factor and its treatment to quit the habit should be a priority. On the other hand, the risk of cardiovascular disease is increased by an unhealthy diet. For this reason, it is important to reduce the consumption of salt, sugar, and fat, and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. In addition, it is vital to make regular visits to a heart specialist for the early detection of diseases to take action and counteract their risks.

The wealth of data provided by clinical examination of the heart, especially auscultation, allows doctors to make a diagnosis based exclusively on physical examination. In this regard, the Heine Cardio Stethoscope, specially developed for cardiology, has exceptional acoustic performance for heart auscultation. This valuable instrument for clinical practice is ideal for high-quality sound transmission and has great diagnosis capabilities.

An unhealthy diet can lead to overweight and obesity, which in turn are risk factors for CVD. People with obesity tend to have greater amounts of blood, which makes their heart pump harder and can lead to heart failure over time. Besides, obesity is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, a type of abnormal heart rhythm. But a healthy diet and regular physical activity help to reduce the risk of these conditions.

Lifestyle changes

Changes towards a healthy lifestyle should include preventive check-ups, regular exercise, and heart-healthy nutrition to control body weight.