Beat It: How To Prevent Heart Disease

Monday, November 5, 2018

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world. Whilst heart failure can occur naturally, it’s most often caused by an unhealthy lifestyle that leads to high blood pressure and clogged arteries, putting an extra strain on the cardiac muscles. Here are five ways in which you can look after your heart and fend off strokes, heart attacks and cardiac arrests.

Go to your doctor for regular checksA simple preventative measure could be to go for regular doctor checks. By examining your heart beat and blood pressure, a doctor can spot early signs of a problem. Your local hospital may be able to offer more advanced cardiology checks. Always seek professional advice rather than self-diagnosing yourself.

Fix up your diet
Your diet can have a big impact on your cardiovascular health. You’re best off limiting trans fats found in processed foods and sticking to organic fats – it’s the trans fats that are more likely to clog up your arteries or build up fat on your heart. You should also be careful with your salt intake, as this can cause high blood pressure. There are various food that can boost your heart’s health such as oatmeal, berries, red apples, fish, tomatoes and broccoli. A glass of red wine a week is also great for your heart.

Get enough exerciseExercise – in particular cardiovascular activity such as running, cycling or swimming – is also good for the heart. Just as lifting weights strengthens arm muscles, getting your heart rate up can build the strength of your heart muscles. Of course, you should be careful of overdoing it, as too much cardio can wear out the heart (this is only likely to be the case with those that regularly take on marathon-level challenges).

Take steps against stress
Stress can also lead to heart disease. This is because stress increases blood pressure and leads to overproduction of white blood cells, all of which puts a huge strain on the heart. Not all of us can remove stress triggers from our lives, but it is always possible to find ways of destressing. A few good ways to destress include meditating, listening to music and doing exercise.

Quit smoking
Unsurprisingly, smoking can also increase the risk of heart disease. It does this a multitude of ways – not only does smoking restrict oxygen to the blood and heart muscles, it also increases blood pressure and makes blood thicker, all in all increasing the risk of clots. By quitting smoking, you’ll put much less strain on your heart and help to keep this organ healthy. Better alternatives include vaping and chewing gum.

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