Heart Disease

Heart Disease Prevention Is Possible

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While it’s true that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US for both women and men, it’s also true that you have some control over certain risk factors that lead up to heart disease, even reverse some of the symptoms if they’re caught early on.

Heart Disease is considered a lifestyle disease, which means its main causes are lifestyle choices such as diet and lack of exercise. This is good news as it means that we have an adequate amount of control over it.

The important thing is to learn all you can about these factors and how they can be regulated so you can enjoy a healthy, strong disease-free heart.

Heart Disease Explained

What exactly is heart disease? It’s usually a broad term that refers to several conditions relating to an unhealthy heart, which may include:

• Heart attack
• Stroke
• Heart failure
• Hardening of the arteries
• Arrhythmia
• Heart valve problems

The good news is that there are things you can do to help avoid any heart disease. Generally, this condition doesn’t happen overnight. It develops over the years, and its symptoms may be spurred on or slowed down depending on the lifestyle choices you make starting from your early adulthood years.

Some scientists even argue that it starts as early as your childhood because it’s all connected. This also makes sense from the perspective of heart disease being a lifestyle disease, as many of our eating and activity habits are solidified in childhood.

Preventing Heart Disease

When it comes to preventing heart disease, the American Heart Association and other health experts break it down into 3 categories:

• Primordial prevention is for those without risk factors that could result in heart disease. This type of prevention works at avoiding any type of inflammation within the lining of the heart. Simultaneously, it maintains heart health to ward off high blood pressure, extra weight, and high cholesterol.

• Primary prevention is meant to prevent someone who’s at risk for heart disease from having a heart attack, stroke, or develop any other type of heart disease, or need surgery or angioplasty. It provides a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle for individuals who suffer from high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Medications may also be prescribed to control these risk factors and bring them down to healthier levels.

• Secondary prevention is the measures taken after someone has suffered from some type of heart disease or undergone heart surgery. These may include taking medications to lower cholesterol levels and aspirin to help prevent blood clots. It also includes eating healthier foods, exercising regularly to ward off stress and manage weight.  Additionally, it includes quitting smoking if needed and regulating how much alcohol is consumed daily. Secondary prevention aims to defend against a second heart attack and to stop any advancing heart disease symptoms.

Risk Factors

First things first, let’s find out what risk factors can’t be controlled so you can get them out of the way and focus on what you can control.

Risk factors you can’t change:

• Gender
• Race/ethnicity
• Family history
• Age

Risk factors within your control:

• Manage your weight
• Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
• Regular exercise
• Low blood pressure
• Low cholesterol and triglycerides (the most common type of body fats) levels
• Maintain blood sugar levels
• Limit alcoholic consumption
• No smoking
• Manage stress
Get quality, uninterrupted sleep

Whether you’re working on maintaining a healthy heart or working at reducing certain risk factors, studies have proven that making healthy lifestyle choices can fend off nearly 80% of heart diseases, 75% of sudden cardiac deaths, and 50% of strokes. It’s never too early to start making those smart choices and start investing in a healthier, brighter, longer life.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the power to prevent heart disease lies in our hands. By embracing a heart-healthy lifestyle, making mindful choices, and prioritizing our well-being, we can rewrite the narrative of our cardiovascular health. Let this be a call to action – a pledge to nurture our hearts with love and care.

Remember, prevention is not just possible; it is within reach for each of us. Together, let’s commit to a heart-conscious journey, ensuring a vibrant and fulfilling life. Your heart deserves the best – give it the care it needs, and thrive.

About The Author

About The Author

Ricardo is the quintessential Real Estate Junkie, Entrepreneur and Blogger, with over 30 years of customer service experience. The bold & visionary founder of Funntripps.com and RicardoNewbold.com, he teaches busy entrepreneurs and bloggers how to successfully build and grow their business whilst having fun and living the maximized life. He enjoys spending time with his family, multi-family real estate investing and surprise get-a-way trips with his wife.

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