Your ethnic origin plays a role in your risk profile for

Coronary Heart Disease

• Coronary heart disease rates are the highest in South Africans of Indian origin

• The Coloured community has the second highest incidence of coronary heart disease

• Stroke rates are the highest in black South Africans

• You have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure if you are a black South African

• The prevalence of type II diabetes for South Africans of Indian descent is much higher than in the rest of the population

The SPECIAL code

You are special to your family and those who love you.  Remember the SPECIAL code and keep your heart strong and healthy.

Stop smoking – Smokers are four times more likely to develop heart disease than non smokers. 

Pressure checks  - High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.  Most people won’t even know they have it until it is too late.

Eat well – A balanced diet will ensure that your body has everything it needs to stay strong and healthy.

Control cholesterol – Foods that are high in saturated fat contain cholesterol that clogs arteries. Make sure that your cholesterol levels are in a normal range.

Intake of sugar – Eating too much sugar can cause health problems that affect your heart.

Active Lifestye – Exercise helps to maintain an ideal weight and keeps your heart strong and healthy.

Lose weight – Carrying too much weight puts a strain on your whole body and can lead to many health problems.

Take the Lifestyle Check now and see how you measure up.

In 2010, my best friend lost her mom to heart disease…I Think Red in support of my best friend.

Liezel van der Westhuizen
Feb 2012