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World Heart Day is remembered with guidance on healthy habits

 
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On World Heart Day, celebrated on Saturday (29), various activities are scheduled around the country to call attention to cardiovascular diseases and advise the population on the importance of acquiring healthier habits. In Brasília, Campo Grande and Christmas, for example, are being carried out free exams to check blood pressure and blood glucose, in addition to calculating the Body Mass Index (BMI), talks, walks, runs, concerts and sporting events.

According to the World Heart Federation, cardiovascular disease is responsible for 17.3 million deaths annually, of which 8.6 million are women. The numbers continue to rise and it is estimated that by 2030, deaths will reach 23 million.

In Brazil, about 320 thousand Brazilians die annually due to cardiovascular diseases. The cardiologist Fausto Stauffer, the Brazilian Medical Association (AMB), explains that prevention is the best treatment for heart disease. Maintain a healthy diet, exercising and quitting smoking are small changes in lifestyle that can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

"These habits must be acquired from childhood, because children are also vulnerable to these diseases," said Stauffer. Balanced diet and exercise are able to prevent four of the top ten risk factors: hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) and obesity. In Brazil, more heart disease that lead to death are myocardial infarction, and heart failure.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   World Heart Day    Healthy habits    Body mass index    BMI   
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