One can never blog too much on heart health. There will never be enough information shared until heart disease is no longer the number one killer of men and women in the USA. Unfortunately genetics is a factor for many. We cannot alter genetics at this point, but we can change life style. How can we all become more heart healthy and live a more heart healthy life style?
-Never smoke or stop smoking
-Eat primarily a plant based diet
-See your doctor: get your blood pressure checked and treated if it is elevated. The new criteria for normal blood pressure is less than or equal to 120/80. Get your cholesterol levels checked and normalized, especially the LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). Get your BMI and fat to muscle ratios checked, lose belly fat. Get checked for pre diabetes and diabetes. Aim to get your sugar levels normalized.
-Reduce stress by using mindfulness, meditation, making life changes, and or reducing or eliminating caffeine.
-Get good quality sleep, 7-8 hours. If you have sleep problems see your doctor.
-Avoid excessive alcohol.
Be aware of the various ways heart disease can present. Some of the symptoms can be atypical , minimal, or none especially in women, diabetics, and the elderly. Some can present as chest, back, jaw, arm, shoulder, upper abdominal, pain, pressure, or discomfort. Or, as shortness of breath, palpitations (fast and or irregular heart beats), dizziness, fainting, sweating, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, and or unusual fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms call 911 and go to the emergency room. Time is an important factor to save hearts and lives.
Winter brings added risk with shoveling snow and increased chance of heart attack post having the flu.
735,000 people have acute heart attacks every year with it killing over 370,000. Heart disease of all kinds leads to over 600,000 deaths annually in the USA. Heart disease can be caused by many things including: blocked arteries leading to angina or a heart attack, heart failure, heart arrhythmias (fast and or irregular heart beat), and valve or heart muscle disease or abnormalities.
Change the things you can in your life and life style. Take care of your heart!