How Healthy Is Your Heart?
- Heart disease, usually seen as an affluent society disease, is rapidly becoming a major threat to the developing world. The risk of dying from heart disease is actually many times higher than in rich countries.
- Poor nutrition, prevalent stressful environment, lack of exercise, and smoking mean heart attacks and strokes are taking an increasing toll on poorer countries.
- Heart disease now causes 4x more deaths in mothers in most developing countries than do childbirth and HIV/AIDS combined.
- Heart disease causes more deaths worldwide than HIV/AIDS.
- The United Nations has been urged to include heart disease among its health related goals.
- 90% of heart disease cases are lifestyle related and can be prevented.
Following a heart-healthy diet also means drinking alcohol in moderation - no more than two drinks a day for men, one a day for women. At that reasonable level, alcohol can have a protective effect on your heart. Above that, it becomes a risk factor.
- Blood pressure.
- Cholesterol levels.