10 Tips To Follow For A Healthy Heart
No, cardiovascular diseases are not the preserve of men! On the contrary, they are today, well before cancer, the leading cause of death among women with the complicity of women themselves. Do you know! Your mother had a heart attack before 65? Your father did one before 55? Warning! Family history increases the risk of heart attack by 2.7. There are 10 tips that you have to follow if you want a healthy heart.
- Eat fruits and vegetables.
Eating different kinds of fruits and vegetables 3 times a day is enough to reduce your risk of cardiovascular death by 27%!
- Drink a little!
Despite the opposition of oncologists, cardiologists confirm radically anti-alcohol but there is more infarction among abstainers than among moderate consumers. But do not go over a drink a day (two for men). If you want a healthy heart try to avoid drinking as much as you can.
- Move but not too much!
A sedentary lifestyle is bad for the heart but too much sporting practice is also not safe. People who lie down the whole day and do nothing except eat, drink and sleep. Such people have more chances of dying due to heart attack. On the other hand, people who work the whole day and do not take rest also die due to the tension of taking on too much workload.Therefore you should work hard but taking small break is also necessary for your body.
- Stop smoking!
Nicotine increases blood pressure, decreases the size of the arteries and promotes clot formation and that is not the only thing, carbon monoxide which is present in cigarette smoke also promotes atherosclerosis in your body. Better to give up smoking, especially if you take the pill: a woman on hormonal contraception who smokes 20 cigarettes a day or more multiplies her risk of cardiovascular disease by 20!
- Slow down!
Do you know! According to the study of INTERHEART in 2004, more than 30,000 people in 52 countries, has confirmed the ravages of stress on the heart, specialists recommend you to decompress.
- Lighten up.
To evaluate the cardiovascular risk related to the extra pounds, the surest index is the waist circumference: for women, it should not exceed 88 cm (maximum allowed for men: 102 cm)!
- Measure your tension.
In Belgium, 25% of adults are hypertensive and more than half do not suspect it! If you want a healthy heart then don’t take too much tension. I know life is not easy and living in this world is more difficult than ever but taking too much tension will cause your death.
- Wa.ch your cholesterol.
Before eating or drinking any kind of food which is full of cholesterol you should always check it. You should always check your cholesterol level. A simple blood test is enough to establish your lipid balance and calculate your LDL-cholesterol, a causative factor of atherosclerosis.
- Be wary of diabetes.
Diabetes is a very dangerous illness. Cardiovascular diseases are 2 to 4 times more common in diabetics, with a high level of glucose in the blood promoting blood clotting. If you have doubts you should go to your nearest doctor and get tested!
- Forget the HRT
At least for the sake of your heart: it has now been proven that hormone replacement therapy has no protective effect against cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, it can increase the risk of venous thrombosis, phlebitis, pulmonary embolism, etc. To discuss with your gynecologist in case of menopause (too) painful. (To find out more: Belgian Cardiological League, liguecardioliga.be ).