Protect your heart
In 2005, the 14th March became the European day of prevention of cardiovascular risks, in order to raise awareness on the importance of the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. When we look at statistics, we understand why this subject is so important: for many years, cardiovascular and cardio-cerebrovascular diseases have been the main cause of death, especially in industrial countries. In truth, everyone can have an influence on their own life duration. According to the OMS, with a healthy lifestyle and the reduction of risk factors, we can prevent 80% of early death cases. Amongst the risk factors we have: overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking, as well as sleep apnea, stress, drug use and pollution. As we get older, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases but we are able to prevent it. We should walk 30 minutes every day outdoors and if necessary, lose weight. We should choose to have a healthy and balanced diet with fresh vegetables and very little meat, avoid to use tobacco or being a passive smoker.
It is good to check regularly our blood pressure, the values should be below 140/90 mmHg, the level of sugar and of cholesterol in our blood. The analysis of pulse waves (PWA) detects the age of our vascular system, an electrocardiogram measure the efficiency and can detect cardiovascular or lung diseases. Echocardiograms also called heart ultrasound look at the heart and its movements.