Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in America. It can be difficult to diagnose and many don’t realize they have a problem until they have a heart attack. This is why it is important to know about prevention.
Fortunately, there are measures you can take on your own to prevent heart disease. See the 6 tips below on heart health that can be easily incorporated into your daily life.
Tips for Preventing Heart Disease
1.) Regular Exercise- Make sure to keep your heart rate elevated continuously for 20-30 minutes-- being on your feet at work does not count as exercise. Additionally, try making exercise fun so that the time flies by. Hiking at a state park or taking a dance class can be ways to do this.
2.) Diet- Eat at home as much as possible to reduce calories, sodium, sugar, saturated/trans fat and cholesterol consumption. Eating out for lunch and dinner every night makes it difficult to maintain a healthy diet. Avoid soda and stick to water.
3.) Rest- Make sure to sleep for seven-to-eight hours each night. To fall aleep at a regular time each night, drop the electronics an hour before sleep, limit alcohol consumption and eat 3-4 hrs before going to bed.
4.) De-stress from work- Meditation and yoga are great ways to do this.
5.) Don’t smoke- Smoking increases your risk of having a heart attack. It reduces oxygen flow to the heart, raises blood pressure, speeds up your heart rate, makes blood clots more likely and harms the insides of your blood vessels.
6.) Keep up with your yearly physical exam- Heart disease is oftentimes referred to as a silent killer because risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol can be asymptomatic diseases. One thing everyone can do to stay healthy is keep up with their yearly physical exam. This can give doctors the first indication for cardiovascular risk.