According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 17.9 million persons die annually from Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs). This is further made scarier by the fact that the figure makes up 31 percent of global deaths. Making up half of all Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) deaths, CVDs are the world’s number one killer presently.

But to reduce the risk of a heart-related ailment, Lagos-based Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Adedeji Akinbo, advocated three measures: proper diet, exercise, and good sleep.

Akinbo, who is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Alimosho General Hospital, Lagos, disclosed that the heart requires 36 nutrients and at least 7-8 hours interrupted sleep daily to be healthy.

However, he advised that daily diets must include fruits and vegetables.

“Take note of the abdominal fat as eating late supper triggers that a lot. A normal food serving should bereft excessive sodium chloride (salt), nor fattening meat as ‘bokoto’, fried poultry and beef.

“Being overweight looks like placing an elephant on an ant. Invariably, fattening meals overwhelms the heart.

“Thus, if you want to live long, consider taking proper care of your heart .You are what you eat, the heart needs proper nutrients to daily nourish itself,” he told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He further disclosed that regular exercise, especially one that includes fast walk, will also help to keep the heart in good working condition.

“Walking fast stimulates the heart to effectiveness and aids even circulation of blood into it. Hence, make your walk more brisk every single day.

“A collaborative initiative towards success of body organs is solely dependent on proper nutrition to enhance functionality of the heart.”

According to him, small changes could make powerful difference at fuelling, moving, and loving the heart through constant checks and regular scrutiny of the blood pressure status.

Safety Record can report that the United Nations declared September 29 as World Heart Day to take cognisance of the heart as ‘king’ organ of the body system.

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