What can you do to be heart healthy?
Know your risk factors!
Below are seven risk factors you can control to lower your risk of heart and vascular disease:
If You Smoke – Quit Smoking: Heart attacks are more common in smokers than in nonsmokers. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, and carbon monoxide damages their inner lining, making them more susceptible to plaque build-up.
Tighten up Your Meal Choices: A diet high in fat, sugar, cholesterol, and salt can contribute to the development of heart disease.
Increase Physical Activity: Lack of exercise is associated with many forms of heart disease. Physical activity helps to strengthen and improve your heart and blood vessels.
Lose Weight: Excess weight typically worsens other risk factors.
Diabetes: Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease.
– Your fasting blood surge – should be less than 100 mg/dl
High Blood Pressure: Uncontrolled high blood pressure can result in hardening and thickening of your arteries, narrowing the vessels through which blood flows.
– Blood Pressure should be less than 130/80 mm Hg
High Blood Cholesterol Levels: High levels of cholesterol in your blood can increase the risk of plaque formation
– Your total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dl
– (HDL > 40 mg/dl and LDL < 100 mg/dl)
Risk factors you cannot control are:
Age: Aging increases your risk of damaged and narrowed arteries and weaken heart muscle.
Gender: Men are generally at greater risk of heart disease. However, women’s risk increases after menopause.
Family History: A family history of heart disease increase your risk of coronary artery disease, especially if a parent developed it early: before age 55 for a make relative (brother or father), or 65 for a female relative (sister or mother).
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