Prevention. Tips to reduce your risk of heart disease:
- Be physically active. Its important to your overall health. Exercise help strengthen muscles and tone the body. Being active help control cholesterol level. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 4-5 days a week. Walking is a good form of exercise because it requires little effort.
- Don't smoke. According to the American Lung Association, over 400,000 Americans die of smoking-related illnesses each year. Smoking increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
- Limit alcohol use. Alcohol has been shown to raise blood pressure by interfering with the flow of blood to and from the heart. Limit alcohol drink responsibly in moderation.
- Maintain a normal weight. Healthy eating and regular exercise can help to maintain a healthy weight. Every pound lost can improve one's health. A healthy weight in adults is assessed by one's BMI (body mass index). BMI, which indicates the amount of body fat, is calculated using weight and height. While normal weight is a BMI of 18 to 24.9, and person is considered overweight with a BMI between 25 and 29. An adult is considered obese with a BMI of 30 or greater.
- Get tested. Early detections save lives. Regular physical exams and health screenings.
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- Prevent Diabetes. Study shows that people with diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease. Ttake steps early to prevent diabetes and if you already have diabetes, follow your physician's advice to control it.
- Eat healthy. Start by eating less junk foods or foods high in saturated fats as: chips, doughnuts, hotdogs, burgers, bologna, sausage,butter, egg yolks and cheese as well as organ meats (liver, kidney and brains).
Adopt A Healthy Eating Pattern Eat 3 healthy meals and 2 snacks a day Eat foods low in saturated fat, and cholesterol Eat plenty fresh fruits and vegetables (at least 5 servings per day) Limit canned, packaged and processed foods, as they are high in sodium. Drink plenty of water and low-fat milk and 100% fruit juices
Treatment. If you are diagnosis with heart disease (or any disease) you doctor may prescribe a variety of treatment (lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise and medication) as part of his plan of care. These are important steps to reduce your risk of developing additional heart-related problems. If your doctor has prescribed medication, be sure to take it as prescribed. Do not skip or stop taking your medicine without consulting with your doctor.
Heart disease is a lifelong condition, once you get it, you’ll always have it. Untreated, the condition worsen. Therefore, one must take steps now toward prevention.
Disclaimer: …with All My Heart is for educational purposes only and does not provide medical advice or treatment. Consult your medical provider for more information and treatment of Heart Disease.
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