How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease in 5 Steps
Heart disease kills more Americans every year than any other illness or accident.
It affects every kind of American, no matter your race, gender or even age. Some individuals develop risk factors of heart disease in their twenties, or even childhood – but heart disease is also preventable and reversible, in many cases.
During this American Heart Month, we’re discussing the best ways to combat heart disease and all of its complications, including heart attack and stroke. Keep reading to learn more.
- Get moving. We know, we know. Everyone tells you to exercise, but it’s for a reason. Even engaging in light to moderate exercise for half an hour a day significantly reduces your chances of developing heart disease.
Are you a newbie to fitness? No worries. Start off with a low impact exercise, like swimming or yoga, to ease yourself into a routine. Just remember to clear all physical activities with your physician beforehand, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.
- Quit smoking. Smoking wreaks absolute havoc on your body. Not only does it increase your risk for multiple cancers, it’s linked to stroke, heart attack and other heart disease complications. And if you smoke more than a few cigarettes every day, you can develop carbon monoxide poisoning.
Cigarettes aren’t the only way you’re seriously draining your health. Using e-cigarettes, or vaping, has similar health concerns and smoking an hour of hookah is the equivalent of smoking 100 cigarettes.
We understand that quitting is never easy. Check out some of these resources to help you in your health journey.
- Stress less. Chronic, long-term stress has been shown to cause damage to arteries and increase your chances of developing of heart disease complications. The constant exposure to stress hormones may also increase your risk of other serious diseases, including some cancers.
- Take your diet seriously. We don’t mean crash diets that encourage starvation, strange, unappetizing food combinations or cleanses. Taking your diet and your health seriously means being more conscious about how you’re fueling your body. Start small and cut out overly-processed, sugary foods and saturated fats. Just remember that making lasting changes often starts slowly.
- Moderation. The key to making significant, and lasting, changes for the better is to make them in moderation. Your body can become addicted to sugar in foods and drinks similarly to drugs, so it’s best not to quit cold turkey. Set realistic goals for yourself and don’t quit if you mess up once in a while.
Want to learn more about heart disease prevention? Check out this link.
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