Heart disease affects more than 60 million Americans. Of the 60 million people affected, they experience difference symptoms. Some suffer from a variety of problems such as high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, chest pain, heart attacks and strokes.
Studies show, in the United States, 1 in 4 women die from heart disease. The disease is actually the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.
Coronary Heart Disease happens when plaque builds up on the inner walls of the coronary arteries. These arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to the heart and when the plaque builds up, leading to atherosclerosis.
Here are some ways to avoid getting heart disease.
- Eat healthy foods and maintain an active lifestyle. According to the American Heart Association you should use up as many calories as you take in. If you are trying not to gain weight, don’t eat more calories than you know you can burn up every day.
- Start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. Nutrition and calorie information on food labels is typically based on a 2,000-calorie diet. You may need fewer or more calories depending on several factors including age, gender, and level of physical activity.
- Increase the amount and intensity of your physical activity to match the number of calories you take in.
- Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity – or an equal combination of both – each week. Even doing 30 minutes a day of physical activity can protect your chances against heart disease.
- If you are overweight, carrying those extra pounds puts a strain on your heart which could lead to heart disease. If you carry extra weight around your waist, you are at an even higher risk for the disease.
- Not sleeping enough can also have an effect on heart disease. It can also cause obesity, high blood pressure, or even a heart attack.
- Limit your caffeine consumption and don’t consume any caffeine after 2pm.
- Get regular checkups from your doctor to make sure that you are good and healthy. Checking blood pressure, a blood test for your cholesterol and diabetes can tell if you are at risk for heart disease.
- Smoking is the major contributor to the growth of heart disease. One study showed that smoking increases one’s risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 36%. If you’re a smoker, stop smoking now to prevent your risk of heart disease.
- Even though drinking alcohol in moderation can offer some benefits to the heart, but drinking too much can harm the health of your heart.
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