Monday, 7 December 2009

For Heart’s Sake

BY FABIAN ODUM
If any issue has taken the front burner in health matters, it is that concerning the heart. It is expectedly so now that President Umaru Yar’Adua is undergoing heart treatment in Saudi Arabia for acute pericarditis.
For this reason, it has become necessary to take actions that will be to the advantage of the heart, an organ that is prone to several ailments.
A report in the recent edition of Circulation, has it that men who adopt five simple lifestyle choices have a far lower risk of cardiovascular events than men who do not.
Investigators who did the study were In 1986, researchers from the Harvard School of Public health began following over 42,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The men had no cardiovascular disease at the time they were enrolled in the study. The researchers then tabulated any cardiovascular events (heart attacks or death) that occurred in this population of men. They concluded that, had all men adopted five healthy lifestyle habits, over 60 per cent of the cardiovascular events that occurred in this population would have been prevented.
The five life-saving healthy habits were:
• not smoking
• daily exercise
• prude

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