Things you can do to prevent heart disease
Prevention of heart disease is the best approach to heart health. It’s also much easier and less costly than waiting for problems to develop and then trying to fix them. The key to prevention is identifying and controlling your risk factors. Then you can modify your lifestyle to give you the greatest odds of avoiding heart problems. Lifestyle modification includes:
Adopting a Heart Healthy Diet
Eating a heart healthy diet that is low-fat, low-sodium and high fiber is an excellent way to reduce your chances of developing heart disease and maintaining overall health. Incorporate appropriate portions of the following foods into your heart healthy diet: unprocessed foods, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fish, eggs, legumes and nuts. Avoid foods that are processed, fatty meats, and foods that are high in sugar, salt or carbohydrates.
Smoking increases the heart rate and blood pressure, raises carbon monoxide levels in the blood and decreases circulation. When you combine these risks with risks to other systems of the body such as increased risk of lung diseases and cancer, quitting smoking is a no-brainer for anyone who is serious about their health.
Maintaining an appropriate body weight and exercising every day or most days for an amount of time suitable to your level of physical ability has many proven health benefits. If you are overweight, exercise will help you burn calories to lose weight. Exercise also improves cardiovascular fitness by increasing blood and oxygen flow to all areas of the body. Additionally, exercise empowers you to take greater control of the health of your physical body.
It is proven that stress and anxiety have a direct, negative affect on heart health. It is important to find ways to avoid and control the things in your life that create or expose you to excessive stress and anxiety. Exercise can help with stress. Making time for personal relaxation / reflection, moving to a less stressful job, seeking counseling for a problem you are having difficulty resolving can all help to lower your stress level and improve your chances for a positive outcome.
Gain Control Over Other Health Risks
Preventing heart disease also means gaining control over your:
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These conditions and diseases are closely connected to heart trouble, heart attack and stroke. Yet all are manageable and controllable. The combination of these common sense lifestyle and behavior changes can have a big impact on your heart health.
A preventive cardiology program aims to reduce your risk factors, prevent a cardiovascular event (heart attack, stroke) and prevent or delay the need for an interventional procedure, such as a bypass or an angioplasty. A preventive program also improves your quality of life.
At the Center, you will receive a thorough exam and we will take a complete health history from you. Your cardiologist will ask many questions to understand your risk factors and how you have responded to previous treatment. Then we will help you create a plan to reduce your risks for heart disease. It’s painless and simple.