Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
23 Nov 2020
10:56 am

Heart health: Learn the signs

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

A whopping 210 South Africans die of heart disease every day.

Senior Woman Suffering From Chest Pain While Sitting On Bench Image: iStock

Heart failure and stroke are leading causes of death in adult South Africans, more than four times the number of people who are murdered. It is the leading cause of hospitalisation in people older than 65. Heart disease, a non-communicable disease, is one of the most serious threats to the health of our nation and it’s mainly due to our lazy, Western lifestyle. With SA’s current crime statistics being released, it’s interesting to note that while 49 people are murdered in the country every day, a whopping 210 die of heart disease. Heart failure does not mean the heart has...