Heart health and overall wellness are significantly affected by the habits formed everyday. Here are some important numbers to remember in your daily routine. Five - eat five servings of fruits and vegetables by including fruit with your breakfast, snack on fruits and vegetables in between meals and include at least one serving with lunch and dinner. Thirty - exercise 30 minutes a day, five times per week. Regular exercise not only decreases the risk of heart disease but also helps reduce cholesterol and lowers blood pressure! Eight - try to get eight hours of quality sleep each night. Poor sleeping habits are linked to high blood pressure which is a potential cause of heart disease. So remember five-thirty-eight, three simple habits that greatly affect your heart health. Want to learn more, talk to your Marc’s pharmacist.
Extensive research has identified factors that increases a person’s risk of heart disease. Major risk factors such as age and family history cannot be changed, but lets take a look at some of the ones that can. Smoking increases the risk of developing heart disease. In addition to damaging the lining of your arteries people who smoke are at increased risk of experiencing heart attack or stroke. Exercising at least thirty minutes five days per week and eating more fruits and vegetables are controllable factors that will lower your risk of heart disease. Regular visits with your doctor, taking your medications and monitoring your blood pressure can greatly reduce your chances of developing heart disease.
One of the most serious results of heart disease is experiencing a heart attack. To reduce the risk here are a few helpful tips. Begin screenings early. Start asking for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol tests as early as your twenties. Early on these tests are needed less frequently. As a person ages, they should be done annually. Quit smoking cigarettes now because smoking raises the chances of developing heart disease and increases the chances of heart attack. Stressful emotions also may also increase your risk of having a heart attack. So early screenings, quitting smoking and reducing stress are three easy ways to reduce your risk.
Heart disease kills more Americans each year than any other disease. Not all assumptions about heart disease are true. Let’s set the record straight on some common myths. First, “I'm too young to worry about heart disease”. One in three Americans have heart disease. Not all of them are senior citizens. Because we are living longer your chances of getting heart disease naturally increases. Plaque can start accumulating in the arteries of even children and young adults. Another myth, “I’d know if I had high blood pressure because there would be warning signs”. High blood pressure is called the “Silent Killer” for a reason. You don’t usually know you have it. You may never experience symptoms until it’s too late. Early treatment of high blood pressure is critical. The only way to know is to test and your Marc’s pharmacist can do that for you.