Protect Your Heart: Heart Disease Prevention

Place your hand on your chest.

Do you feel that heartbeat?

That is the sound of the organ that keeps your body going. Your heart pumps blood to the rest of your body, allowing you to function normally. You know all this, but how much do you really think about it?

My guess is that you don’t reflect on your heart’s purpose much. You probably don’t wonder at the way your heart quietly does its job day after day.

I argue that your heart deserves more attention. It deserves protection and nourishment.

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What have you done to protect it? How do you ensure that your heart is healthy and strong?

The first defense we should give our heart is that of heart disease prevention.

Heart disease:

  • includes heart attack, congestive heart failure. congenital heart disease coronary heart disease and more

  • is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.

Heart Disease Prevention

You can’t control certain heart disease risk factors (age, sex, family history, etc.) but you can make healthy choices to manage several risk factors. Below are the basic steps for protecting your heart — and reducing your chance of heart disease.

Diet

A balanced diet contributes to a healthy heart. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is the first place to start. Reduce your intake of high-fat foods and add beans, fish and protein. It is vital to eat fewer saturated fats and trans-fats, and to replace these with monounsaturated fats or polyunsaturated fats.

Quit Smoking

A basic tenet of heart disease prevention is avoiding smoking. Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attacks.

Activity

Low physical activity contributes to a higher risk of heart disease — as well as a higher risk of other contributing factors. Daily physical activity helps control weight, lower cholesterol and protect your heart.

Cholesterol

High cholesterol levels can contribute to the narrowing of your blood vessels. Learn how to check your cholesterol levels — and then how to control them.

How will you change your lifestyle to protect your heart today?

Comments

  1. I may not think about my heart all the time but I do care about it. It is the life blood of my body and its important that I take care of it, thanks for the reminder.

  2. Not taking care of your heart can lead to serious health problems so I’m all ears when someone tells me ways in which to help from having issues.

  3. If your family has a history of heart disease, it’s best to know how it’s caused. In many cases, you’ll want to take the extra precautions.

  4. Protecting yourself means eating right too. If you’re unsure of how to fight heart disease and high cholesterol you can talk to your doctor.

  5. Exercising and diet are usually the foundations to a healthier you.

  6. Your right I don’t think about my heart all that much and yet without it I would be dead. So thank you for reminding me of the things I need to watch to keep myself healthy.

  7. Some people probably don’t even think about it until they hear it from the doctor. Great awareness to keeping your body healthy and the organs that keep it running.

  8. It’s not enough for a person to focus or maintain 1 or 2 of these categories (diet, activity, no smoking, cholesterol). You have to have an appreciation for all of them.

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