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10 causes of heart disease

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, specific types of heart disease such as rheumatic or congenital heart disease are caused by infection or birth defects. However, most causes of heart disease result from damage to the heart and blood vessels over time. Many factors can increase the chance of heart disease such as:

  • Pollution
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Diet
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Body weight
  • Use of alcohol
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Blood pressure

The Link pharmacy group has been synonymous with ‘good health’ for decades. We welcome the opportunity to help you reduce the risk of heart disease. Our offering includes quick, non-invasive screenings to check your blood pressure, sugar levels (diabetes), and BMI (Body Mass Index). We can also provide lifestyle and nutritional tips, and even help you to quit smoking.



While all reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this article, information may change or become dated, as new developments occur. The Link group shall not be held liable or accountable for the accuracy, completeness or correctness of any information for any purpose. No content in this article, irrespective of the date or reference source, should be viewed as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor, pharmacist or any other suitably qualified clinician.