South African Government

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Heart Awareness Month 2021

1 to 30 September

September is Heart Awareness Month – an entire month dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease in South Africa, culminating with World Heart Day on 29 September.

The 2019 theme is 'My Heart, Your Heart and the hearts of all South Africans.'

Much has changed in the world of health in the last few decades, from a time when doctors would recommend smoking certain brands of cigarettes, to today when preventative care is fast becoming a way of life for many people. Yet despite this, the rate of cardiovascular disease in South Africa continues to rise and is a leading cause of death in the country.

You can do much to keep your heart healthy. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and be aware of the risk factors such as smoking, drinking, taking drugs, high blood pressure, high cholestrol, obesity and stress.

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