In South Africa, September is Heart Awareness Month – and the entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about heart diseases. There is also a strong focus on living a healthier lifestyle to prevent heart disease onset. The Heart & Stroke Foundation of South Africa also highlights the correct treatment for any heart condition during this month. The World Health Foundation (WHF), an organization from which the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) has a membership, takes the lead on this initiative. The awareness campaign comes to an end on 29 September – World Heart Day.

Why Heart Awareness Month and World Heart Day?

  • After HIV/AIDS, Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in South Africa.
  • Cardiovascular diseases include heart attacks and strokes.
  • As much as 18% of deaths in South Africa can be attributed to heart disease.
  • 120 People suffer from heart attacks daily.

What is the purpose of the campaign?

  • To raise awareness and educate South Africans on heart- and other circulatory diseases.
  • To promote detection and prevention of heart diseases.
  • To decrease the onset of Cardiovascular disease by discouraging smoking, reducing salt intake, eating well, exercising more, and getting your health risk assessment.

For more information on World Heart Day, or resources and tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and look after your heart, please visit The Heart & Stroke Foundation of SA.

* Adapted from The Heart & Stroke Foundation of SA