There is no denying the fact that heart diseases are serious. There are these alarming statistics that were discussed in a recent research: 1 in 4 women die from heart disease. Actually, if you dig a little deeper, you will find that heart disease is the world’s most prolific killer of women. There are myths that place cancer about heart diseases, but it’s easy incredibly easy to debunk.
- It’s not all doom and gloom, however. There are some ways to can prevent heart disease. Lets’ go over some things that you need to be mindful of.
- Always take responsibility for your health. The single best way to avoid heart disease is to know all about the risks and possible treatments. There are no greater risks than ignorance and misinformation.
- Know the risks. Obviously, the most well-known (and influential) risk factor is age. Many people tend to overlook their genetic predisposition, it’s also a huge risk factor.
- Quit smoking. Everybody knows that smoking can cause heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. The evidence is overwhelming, there’s no discernible reason not to quit smoking.
- Make sure you spot the tell-tale signs. You need to invest your time in research for this one. You’d think people feel chest pain for weeks or maybe months leading up to their eventual heart attack. In fact, almost in 50% of the cases, people didn’t experience any kind of chest pain. There’s a little something everyone experienced leading up to the heart attack – it was fatigue. If you feel this flu-like extreme fatigue, along with excessive sweating, nausea, sleeplessness and anxiety, you should definitely visit your doctor.
- Pay attention to your diet. No sugary foods, no trans fats, no excessive sodium.
- Pay attention to your blood pressure. There’s a good reason hypertension is affectionately nicknamed “the silent killer”. It goes with no noticeable symptoms and it can lead to severe consequences, i.e. heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, kidney failure, etc. If you want some more alarming numbers: approximately 29% of people have high blood pressure and yet they are unaware of the fact. Good thing that you can lower your blood pressure by drinking less and exercising more.
- Less stress. This one pops up when you talk about preventing any and all health-related issues. Stress releases cortisol and cortisol weakens your cardiovascular system.
There are many other ways you can avoid heart disease, but we wanted to mention the most effective ones first. Wait for part two to find out more about simple and easy ways to prevent heart disease.