According the the World Health Organization, over 17.3 million people die from causes relating to heart disease. Whoa. What is even more frightening is that the number of deaths mentioned in the former sentence pulled data for 2008. Heart disease is on the rise, especially in an ever increasing world of the sedentary lifestyle. The following information will outline four of the best ways to control and prevent heart disease. You will also see that how the following are all correlated to your cardiovascular system.
Let’s dig in a little deeper into why exercise is so important to not only your overall health but especially for your heart. There are many factors that contribute to a heart attack but the most common (according to the World Heart Federation) is high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes; If you are wondering exactly how these are related to heart disease, it is the correlation of factors contributing to it. Regular Cardiovascular exercise will help decrease the likelihood of the former compounding and affecting your heart.
You are what you eat! This goes hand-in-hand with the negative factors of high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. Watching your calories will have a large impact on your body weight and eating nutritionally dense foods such as vegetables and fruits will have the biggest impact on your overall health and heart. Look for foods that are high in magnesium as they help regulate your blood pressure and sugar levels. Potassium can provide relief in blood pressure and stroke.
(3) Blood pressure
Know your blood pressure and how to keep it under control. High blood pressure directly affects your heart health. You always hear about high blood pressure being bad for your health, but exactly how does it affect you? High blood pressure causes Coronary heart disease, which equates to narrowing your arteries that supply your heart with blood. If you double that with increased cholesterol, you are now looking at narrowed arteries and blocked passage ways. Another reason to track your pressure is that high blood pressure can be hereditary. Your genetics can play a major role in how you can manage your blood pressure.
(4) Don’t Smoke!
Frequent exposure to nicotine will cause Atheroma; which is the build up of fatty material in your arteries. To compound on Atheroma; the by-product of nicotine is carbon dioxide. Carbon Dioxide reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood stream causing your heart to work harder in circulating blood to compensate for the oxygen reduction.
It is easy to see that there are so many factors that can affect your heart; however, disciplined structure and focus on the four key points listed above can help minimize the impact of heart disease. This all boils down to how important your cardiovascular system is to your heart. To conclude: Talk to your doctor about heart disease, exercise, keep an eye on your diet, track your blood pressure, and quit nicotine (if you are a smoker); Not only will you lead a healthier life, you will add years back into your life.