Heart Disease is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women around the world. That’s a scary fact and you will do well to know how to stop it from happening to you.
Heart disease does not affect only the elderly. Scores of young men and women around the world die of heart disease yearly. They number in the hundreds of thousands.
Most of our young people today only worry about getting cancer or Alzheimers disease, but heart disease strikes them long before they get to the age when Alzheimers becomes a problem.
We hear about stories of high blood pressure, heart attacks and other such problems related to the cardio-vascular system. And the sad thing is that we tend to ignore these stories and then end up suffering from our ignorance.
So what can you do to prevent the disaster of a heart failure affecting you? Here are some things to look out for…
1) Smoking is bad for your health, period. Smoking is the leading cause for high blood pressure and its consequences are strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, damage to the eyes and kidney failure. It is definitely high on the list of lifestyle habits you should avoid at all costs. If you think that smoking helps you fight stress, think again. There are many other healthy ways to relieve stress, for example, taking a walk, swimming, listening to soothing music.
2) Drinking is another no-no. We are not talking about heart troubles of the romantic kind here but heart troubles of the kind that get you a resting place six feet under ground ahead of time. Excessive drinking raises blood pressure and brings the same unpleasant consequences as in Smoking. In addition to that, it causes liver damage too. While a glass of wine once in a while is probably good for you, excessive drinking everyday can never be a good thing.
3) A definitely YES to a healthy heart is to follow a healthy diet and to exercise regularly. Being overweight carries a huge risk to heart attack as fats can clog up arteries carrying blood to the heart. An overweight person can also develop other diseases that will make your heart worse off.
So there you have it. 3 common sense thing that you should remember everyday. Being healthy and staying healthy requires a conscious effort. Don’t wait till a heart attack happens before you wake up!