Healthy Heart:

A healthy heart is a central to overall good health. Adopting a healthy lifestyle at any can prevent from heart attack or any other heart disease. You are never too old or young to take care of your heart. The younger you begin making healthy choices the longer you can get the benefits. Swapping good habits for bad to promote good health can make a difference, even if you already had a heart attack.
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Having healthy lifestyle choosing healthier foods and excercising are two best ways to contribute to good heart health.

 

Here are 7 habits for a healthy heart:

Excercise regularly:

Staying physically active is related to a reduction in the frequency and mortality of cardiovascular diseases by improving the cardiorespiratory system’s functioning and having a beneficial effect on overweight, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia reduces the chances of angina appearance chest and myocardial infarction. It even has remarkable psychological effects, which help manage stress and increase mental well-being.

Maintain a healthy and balanced diet:

Following healthy eating habits can help reduce three of the main factors involved in heart disease: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess weight. Therefore, it is possible to reduce cardiovascular risk with just a few dietary changes. Good habits for your heart include moderating your daily intake of salt and alcohol. The diet should also be based primarily on fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, and lean meats. It is recommended to reduce the consumption of fats and cholesterol (fatty red meats, whole milk, cheeses made with whole milk, eggs, dishes made with cream and high-fat desserts), and consume the fat that comes from oil olive, nuts, and oily fish, for the benefits it provides on the cardiovascular system. The fiber contribution (whole grains, legumes, fruits) is also significant.

 

Stop smoking:

Tobacco use is one of the main causes of heart problems. Smoking hurts the cardiovascular system, increases the risk of thrombosis, and causes a decrease in the coronary arteries’ caliber, which hinders the flow of the heart. Therefore, it is necessary to permanently avoid tobacco consumption and passive smoking (smoking environments).

 Limit alcohol:

Consuming alcohol in moderation (one to two glasses of red wine a day) has been linked to decreased cardiovascular disease. However, it is proven that alcohol abuse is harmful to health. Several studies have described a relationship between excessive alcohol consumption and the appearance of cardiovascular diseases; therefore, it is advisable to moderate its consumption and limit it to a glass of red wine to accompany meals.

Maintain a healthy weight:

Various studies have shown that obesity aggravates heart problems due to over-exertion on the heart, predisposes to hypertension, coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular accidents.

Favors the appearance of type 2 diabetes and other diseases such as lung diseases and the osteoarticular that are also affected by the overload they are subjected to.

Approximately 40% of coronary heart disease incidence is attributed to a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25. That is why it is essential that each person knows what their BMI is and act accordingly, especially if they are older than 20 years.

Get enough sleep:

Getting enough rest and sleep will help you have a healthy heart. If you don’t have good rest habits, no matter how old you are or your medical and family history, you are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Make your bedtime a priority. Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

Celebrate small achievements:

We know that making changes to your lifestyle is not easy at all, so try to go little by little, celebrating your advanced progress. It is also essential to spend quality time with those close to you; it is good for your emotional health and heart.

Things to consider

Heart disease is consistently a leading cause of death in the United states. Heart disease often leads to heart attack or stroke.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. This blockage is caused by buildup of plaque. During heart attack, part of the heart muscle is damaged or sometimes destroyed. Heart attacks can be deadly. If you are having heart attack the quicker you get medical care the more likely you are to survive. Treatment for heart attack varies. Depending on the severity of the attack. Your doctor may also prescribe medicines to thin your blood or lower blood pressure.

Stroke:

A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked. This can happen when a vein is blocked or when it bursts. The blockage interrupts the delivery of oxygen to the brain, which causes brain cells to die. Strokes can be deadly. If you are having a stroke get yourself check as soon as possible.

Side effects can include temporary or permanent paralysis and speech problems. Treatment of stroke depends on the type of stroke. In some instances, surgery is required.

 

When to see a doctor:

Here are some symptoms of heart attack when you need to see a doctor

  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness

Here are some symptoms of stoke when you need to see a doctor

  • Arm weakness
  • Face dropping
  • Speech difficulty