Healthy habits are essential to prevent heart problems – Folha de Cianorte


On this last September 29th, World Heart Day was celebrated. To mark the date, the State Department of Health issued a warning to the population about the importance of maintaining healthy habits, such as good nutrition, physical activity and combating stress to avoid heart problems.

Diseases of the circulatory system are the most deadly in the country and account for 28% of all occurrences in Paraná. According to consolidated data in the Ministry of Health’s Datasus / 2018 system, approximately 56 people per day die in the state as a result of these diseases, that is, one every 26 minutes.

According to the secretariat, with the Covid-19 pandemic, many users undergoing treatment for systemic arterial hypertension and other associated staff stopped attending Basic Health Units for follow-up.

“After six months of pandemic, it is essential that patients resume the appropriate treatments, taking care with the measures to prevent the coronavirus. In this way, we can reduce the likelihood of urgent care due to worsening health conditions ”, warned the Secretary of State for Health, Beto Preto.

According to data from the folder, 82% of people who died from Covid-19 had risk factors and in approximately 47% of cases, chronic cardiovascular disease was present, with the comorbidity most associated with deaths. In confirmed cases, about 35% of patients suffer from some heart problem.

“These data reinforce the need for the care we should have. When we talk about prevention and health promotion, the adoption of an adequate and healthy diet, associated with regular physical activity, decreased consumption of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, and actions to combat stress promote an important reduction of risk factors and improving the quality of life ”, added the secretary.


According to the Update of the Cardiovascular Prevention Guideline of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (2019), the main cardiovascular risk factors are: arterial hypertension, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity, high cholesterol and family history. People who have a greater number of risk factors may have disease progression at a much faster rate.

In this sense, the Ministry of Health (MS), in partnership with Hospital do Coração (HCor), developed the strategy of “Brazilian Cardioprotective Food”, which aims to subsidize the nutritional and dietary guidance provided by different professionals and facilitate understanding individuals, contributing to their adherence to the guidelines.

“We need to value traditional Brazilian food, exclude the intake of ultra-processed foods, respecting regionality, culture and local habits, contributing to health promotion, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors”, explains nutritionist Cristina Klobukoski , from Sesa’s Promotion of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Division.


As a way to contribute to the updating of health professionals on this topic, the Department of Health, through the Division for the Promotion of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, distributed the material “Cardioprotetora Food: Guidance Manual” to all State Health Units. for Primary Care health professionals ”and the“ Cardioprotective Food ”booklet.

This Wednesday (30) will be held by HCor, online, the “Cardioprotective Food Workshop”, which will count with the participation of 300 nutritionists from Paraná, working in all points of the Health Care Network.

For more information to healthcare professionals:

Hypertension Guide Line 2018

Diabetes Mellitus Guide Line 2018

Myocardial Infarction Guide Line

Cardioprotective feeding manual

Source: Paraná State News Agency


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