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Happy Hearts- Wear and Care

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Happy Hearts- Wear and Care

Ever worry about your heart’s health?  Some people may be predisposed to heart disease because it can be hereditary. Having a parent who has had an early heart attack can double your chances of having heart problems. Heart disease is the leading cause for death for men and women in the US. Some studies have revealed that making small lifestyle changes can help to reduce those risks.  Here are some changes to consider making that may help lower the risk for heart disease and allow for a healthier heart.

Take care of high blood pressure. Failing to keep tabs on high blood pressure can cause the heart to overwork and enlarge and can lead to heart failure.  High blood pressure can also cause hardening of the arteries which increases the risk of a stroke, heart attack and other issues.

Get moving. Being sedentary raises your chances for heart problems.  Exercising regularly helps with weight loss, improves cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure and stress as well as enhances blood vessel function.  Being overweight, specifically in the midsection area, can double heart disease risks.

Eat heart healthy foods like fruits, veggies, nuts and fish to lower the risk of heart problems. Fruits and veggies have vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.  Nuts like almonds provide fiber, plant sterols and heart healthy fats.  Walnuts can reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol. Certain fish like salmon and albacore tuna are good sources of omega-3s and can decrease the risk of rhythm disorders and lower blood pressure.

Stop smoking. This habit is extremely unhealthy for your heart.  Smokers have a two to four times higher chance of having heart disease.   It causes blood clots, chronic respiratory conditions and raises blood pressure. The nicotine in the smoke causes a decrease in the amount of oxygen that gets to the heart; it also damages cells that line the coronary arteries and blood vessels, and increases the heart rate which overall taxes the heart unnecessarily.

The more active you are, the healthier your heart can be. Take care of your heart by making healthy lifestyle choices. Exercise regularly and eat a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetables.

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