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Are you encouraging a heart attack?

Your health should be considered as one of your greatest forms of wealth. It’s why we offer a host of products from the nation’s best medical aid companies. Ranging from Discovery Medical Aid to Bonitas, Momentum and beyond, we know the ins and outs of each to help you make an informed decision.

Discovery Medical Aid and other medical aid options aside, we like to add a few tips that help our valued clientele live their best healthy lives. Over the years, the risk of heart attacks seems to have increased at an alarming rate. Although genetics can play a role in this, each one of us can actively work to reduce this risk. Here are a few factors that could be harming your heart.

Your diet

For starters, we should all be eating a variety of fresh foods. These include the likes of fruits, vegetables, oily fish and nutrient-dense nuts. This is known as a Mediterranean diet that also incorporates healthy grains as well. Studies have shown that just a handful of mixed seeds and nuts daily can reduce your risk of heart disease and related complications.

If you are someone who likes to experiment with various forms of dieting, do be wary. This can lead to added pressure on your heart due to excess stress on the body. Most specialists will agree that a lifestyle change trumps any short term diet. This places the least amount of trauma on the body and gives you a greater chance of actually sticking to it. Anything too harsh or restrictive and you’re more likely to bail on it.

Carrying excess weight

If you have extra weight around your stomach area, you could be at a higher risk of a heart attack. Any small changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle will lower your chances. This means making healthier swaps for calorie-laden food and exercising in a way that your body responds to. Just a short 30 -minute walk, run or cycle is enough to reap the benefits for your heart. If you struggle to stay motivated, get some friends or family members to do it with you. This will hold you accountable and will allow you to socialise as you exercise.

Lighting up

We’ve known for quite some time now that smoking impacts heart health. Not only do the chemicals found in cigarettes harm our arteries and blood cells but they also lead to increased plaque. This makes the reality of heart attacks a pressing one. Even if you have been a smoker for a long period, it’s never too late to stop. If you’re interested in quitting, you should do so with the help of your doctor, they will be able to suggest effective measures that won’t place strain on your body.

Not getting enough sleep

Did you know that lack of sleep also increases your risk of a heart attack?

Sleep equals rest for the body and too little of it means additional stress placed on your heart. This can result in high blood pressure and also in a higher chance of atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. On the other side of the coin, too much sleep can be detrimental as well. You should be aiming for between 6 and 8 hours of sleep depending on how much you feel you need.

Let us keep you covered

At Compendium Insurance Brokers, our wealth of knowledge across a host of providers means guidance that gives you the best policy for your needs and budget. If you need to reassess your current medical cover, why not get in touch with us today? We can share all of the available options with you and help you select the one that fits in with your lifestyle. For more information, call us today on 087 285 4040 or send a “please call me”/WhatsApp to 064 753 8910 or email medicalaid@cig.co.za.