By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
preventing it by following some simple suggestions and by adopting a healthy lifestyle you can help yourself considerably regardless of past family history, age or sex.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco. Smoking is one of the primary risk factors in developing cardiovascular disease. All the harsh chemicals that are in a cigarette can lead to a narrowing of the arteries or atherosclerosis which will eventually lead to heart attack. Also the nicotine in cigarettes or any tobacco product causes your heart to work harder because it narrows your blood vessels and increases your heart rate and blood pressure and the carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in your blood causing your heart to work harder to supply oxygen to your blood. Women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills should not smoke either as their risk of a heart attack is greater in women who do not smoke. Incredibly enough, when a person quits smoking their chances of heart disease drops by dramatically within one year.
- You must exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. Daily exercise will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and help you control your weight better. Physical exercise will allow you to control your weight and make your heart stronger and will also allow your blood vessels to open more thus allowing more blood to enter your heart and this is always a very good thing because the more blood that your heart can efficiently pump through your body the better you will be altogether. Daily exercise will also help you in lowering your blood pressure, lower high cholesterol and diabetes. Stress will be a thing of the past as a good workout eliminates stress which is a major factor of heart disease. Think outside the box and take up activities such as housekeeping, gardening, walking the dog or anything that includes physical activity as these will keep you more motivated and on track in your daily exercise chores.
- Drink plenty of water. Water is the number one fuel source for your heart, so the more water you drink the more fuel your heart has to work with and the better the circulation and performance. According to a new study, people who drink five or more glasses of water per day can lower their risk of a fatal heart attack when compared to those who drank less than two glasses of water per day. Drinking energy drinks and soft drinks is incredibly dangerous for your heart as these types of drinks actually dehydrate you because of the high amounts of sugars, caffeine and other toxic chemicals. Dehydration will increase plasma and blood viscosity which is a major factor of cardiovascular heart disease.
A heart attack can seriously affect your life in a very serious way and if some care and attention is paid to these simple suggestions you should be able to enjoy a better quality of life and definitely outlive those who do not take care of themselves.