With the rate of heart related diseases and death in Ghana on the rise, Ghanaians have become more aware of everyday habits that contribute to the onset of cardiovascular diseases.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after lower respiratory infections, stroke was the second biggest cause of death in Ghana in 2012, accounting for 9% of recorded deaths.
This was followed by Malaria with 8%, while Ischemic heart disease (sudden cardiac death, stable and unstable angina, etc) took 4th place with 6% of recorded deaths.
In light of this, YEN.com.gh put together a list of habits and activities Ghanaians can undertake to prevent - or at least stave off - death and disease.
1 Take charge of your health
No one ever achieved anything significant by complaining. Take responsibility for your health and stop treating the situation as if you were certain of tomorrow finding you in good health. It's not for nothing that some of these diseases are called silent killers.
2 Know your risk
There are several known risk factors that contribute to someone's increased chance of suffering from cardiovascular diseases The first one is age, the older your are, the higher your risk factor. Another one is one we unfortunately have no power over, and that's genetics. If your uncle, father, mother, grandparents have had it, chances are you will too. Other ones include diabetes, smoking, stress, and obesity.
3 Keep a good blood pressure level
High blood pressure, also known as the silent killer, tends to go without symptoms in most individuals, but has serious effects on one's health. The continuous wear and tear caused to the blood vessel's inner lining is a serious health issue. This too, although, is influenced by someone's age and genetics.
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4 Don't smoke and allow yourself to inhale second hand smoke.
Ww don't need to go into details with this one as they are widely documented. One doesn't even need to go far, but just take a look at the very cigarette box itself. STOP SMOKING!
5 Stop stressing over everything
It's a scientifically proven fact that stress contributes to the onset of cardiovascular disease and - in extreme circumstances - sudden death. Try to find ways to combat stress like exercise, enough sleep, laughing, and generally keeping busy doing activities.
6 Exercise everyday
A healthy life is...well, a healthy life. There are numerous documented benefits to exercising, from keeping one physically healthy, fighting off cardiovascular disease, and even to fighting depression and anxiety. The act of exercising also activates genes that keep the body healthy in other ways.
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