February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the US. But did you know that heart disease doesn’t just affect older adults? Many younger folks are affected due to existing conditions and risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity. About 4-10% of all heart attacks occur before the age of 45.
Some other risk factors of heart disease are high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes. However, just because you have an existing condition or a risk factor, does not mean that you can’t decrease your risk. A whopping 80% of cardiovascular disease is considered preventable!
Here are a few things that you can do to reduce your risk:
Quit smoking! Smoking damages almost every organ and puts you at risk for all sorts of preventable medical problems. This includes heart disease as cigarette smoke decreases the amount of oxygen in your blood making your heart work harder to oxygenate your body. Even if you’re not a smoker, be sure to avoid second-hand smoke!
Manage your health conditions by getting cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure monitored and under control to prevent damage. I like to take the chance to use this as a reminder for people to get their annual check-ups!
Eat healthy and get moving! 150 minutes of exercise a week is ideal. Work to limit your intake of sugars, salts, processed carbohydrates, and saturated or trans fats!
For more information, catch me on Living808 to learn more about cardiac risk factors, symptoms, and lifestyle modifications!
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