The heart is one organ we don’t really think about yet it’s vital to our survival. Instead of only looking out for it when we fall ill, how about taking care of it on the daily?

Don’t Smoke

Smoking is one of the leading causes of cardiac problems. It leads to artherosclerosis (narrowing of blood vessels), high blood pressure and blood clots. Also avoid exposure to secondary smoke.


Working out helps to control your weight and keep blood pressure in check- factors that affect heart health. Aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate workout per day or 75 minutes of intense exercise each week. If you can’t do gym, then alternatives like housework, hiking and walks do the job.


Did you know that insufficient sleep increases your risk of heart attacks? It is also linked with obesity and high blood pressure that affect cardiac health.


In most African households, going to the doctor is reserved for when one is sick. However, going for regular screening can help detect and solve health issues early. Cholesterol level and blood pressure tests are vital for assessing cardiac health.


A healthy diet is the biggest factor in maintaining good heart health. Keep your intake of processed foods to a minimum. These are loaded with low density lipoproteins (LDL) aka the ‘bad’ cholesterol. They also contain unhealthy fats and sugars. Instead, consume fresh fruits, veggies and nuts while minimizing dairy.

Body Weight

Obesity puts one at risk of cardiac problems. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight by sticking to a healthy diet and engaging inĀ  regular exercise.

Mental Health

This has an effect on our overall health. Stress, depression and anxiety if left unmanaged can cause high blood pressure, leading to poor cardiac health.


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