What do you know about your heart health?

Fact: the average adult heart beats 70 times a minute; 100 000 times a day; three and a half million times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime Full Instagram! But just like any pump, without proper care and maintenance, it won’t go the distance. Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and cutting down on salt are all very effective measures when it comes to keeping your heart healthy. However, in addition to this, there are key preventatives moves your pharmacist can help you with too.

Make it easier to quit smoking
Quitting smoking is the single best move you can make to protect your heart, and it’s never too late to kick the habit! Research has shown that when you quit smoking, your health starts to improve within days, literally. After 48 hours, your ability to taste and smell improves. After 72 hours, breathing becomes easier, and after 3 months your lung function improves by 10%. It doesn’t stop there though, within a year of quitting smoking your risk of heart attack drops by 50%.

We understand that quitting smoking is often easier said than done, especially if you smoke a lot or have been smoking for a long time. If you’ve tried – and failed – to quit cold-turkey, speak to your pharmacist or doctor about the many different aides available to help you quit for good. Depending on your health profile, they’ll be able to advise which method is better for you – the patch, gum or inhaler.

Vitamin supplements
A diet that’s lacking in vitamin B6 can increase a person’s risk of heart disease. Studies have found that people who are deficient in vitamin B6 have high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation that’s been linked to heart disease. Always let your pharmacist or doctor know what supplements you’re already taking, so you can get the optimum nutritional kick out of your vitamins.

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Speak to a Dis-Chem pharmacist to find out what else you should be doing to keep your heart healthy and strong.