Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US? It is also one of the major causes of disability. According to the American Heart Association, 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That’s an average of 1 death every 38 seconds! These numbers may seem overwhelming, but heart disease is preventable.
The term heart disease covers all heart-related conditions including diseased vessels, structural problems, and blood clots. Some of the most common types of heart disease are high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, arrhythmia, stroke, congenital heart disease, and congestive heart failure.
The first step to prevention and management is to know your risks. Have your heart checked by your doctor on a yearly basis and regularly monitor your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and weight. Knowing your current health status will help you determine a strategy for prevention and maintenance.
Making healthy lifestyle changes is a key to lowering your risk of developing heart disease. Even if you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, healthy choices can make a big difference. Here are some ways to lower your risk:
- Watch your weight and eat healthy
- Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- Get adequate sleep
- Limit alcohol use
- Be more active
- Manage your stress levels
Click here for more tips and advice from the American Heart Association.
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