Friday, November 22, 2019
 Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Get Cracking On Heart Disease Prevention

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The main risk factors for heart disease are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high levels of blood sugar and lack of physical exercise

You can minimize or halt these predisposing causes of heart disease by taking control of your lifestyle.

Coronary Artery Disease: Is caused by an inflammatory process triggered by bad cholesterol. The inflammation causes your arteries to form plaque.Tthe buildup of plaque in the artery walls and narrowing of the arteries develop a condition called arteriosclerosis.

An arterial blockage can also lead to fatal rhythm problems and death.Take the initiative to begin living a healthy lifestyle do not wait until you are required to do so.

Take action: To deal with your cholesterol levels, hypertension, diabetes and damaging lifestyle behaviours. Get cracking to prevent or reduce any high blood cholesterol and adopt changes that can decrease your risk factors.

Eat Heart Smart:

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet, high in Omega-3 fish oils, low in Trans- fats,
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables.
  • Choose foods high in soluble fibre,
  • Limit the quantity of food that you eat and maintain your target weight and by eating a healthy diet.

It 's of the essence to work to achieve an ideal body weight because maintaining a healthy weight can lower your risk for coronary artery disease.

Manage Hypertension:

  • Keep your blood pressureunder control.
  • Bear in mind that your blood pressure tends to rise with age
  • If you follow a healthy lifestyle this can help you delay or prevent a rise in blood pressure.
  • In addition, reduce your salt intake and be active in keeping a healthy weight as this can help you control high blood pressure.

You should also see your doctor and follow prescribed treatment plans to manage your blood pressure.

Blood Sugar Watch:

  • An important part of a healthy lifestyle is keeping a close watch on your blood sugar. If your levels of glucose are normal you should work with your healthcare team to keep it that way.
  • Diabetes can develop from high levels of glucose, this can cause damage to your body's organs including the heart.

If you are diabetic ongoing medical care and following your treatment plan is most important.

Kick Habits:

  • Smoking can raise your risk for heart attack and it also affects your health. It's time to take the plunge and discard the smoking habit since it worsens your risk factors for heart disease.
  • Ditch the sedentary behavior and engage in a regular exercise routine.
  • Finally, work on controlling and managing your stress particularly since stress, when linked to some emotionally upsetting events, can act as a trigger for a heart attack.

Taking part in stress management programs can be beneficial to help you cope with problems and improve your emotional and physical health.