Tips on Preventing Heart Diseases
Prevention is always better than the cure. There might be a lot of factors that can cause or contribute to having heart diseases, but the good news is, there are several ways that we can do to prevent it.
Quit Smoking or don’t smoke or expose yourself to second-hand smoke.
Smoking increases the risks of heart disease, lung disease such as pneumonia, and stroke. The evidence is overwhelming and we should avoid second-hand smoke.
Monitor/Maintain a healthy BP ( blood pressure)
High blood pressure, called hypertension, is known as “the silent killer” as it goes without symptoms in most individuals. High blood pressure causes wear and tear of the delicate inner lining of your blood vessels. The higher your blood pressure (BP) the greater your risk.
Know your cholesterol levels (blood lipids).
High cholesterol is a major contributor to heart disease. Your blood lipids include the, and triglycerides. The lower your LDL and the higher your HDL, the better your prognosis.
Study shows that lack of exercise is contributing to the obesity. Physical activities like exercise do more than burn calories; it also activates genes that are beneficial to health in other ways. It is also one of the best treatments for anxiety and depression.
Severe stress can cause a heart attack or sudden death. There are plenty of ways that can help reduce stress like regular exercise, adequate sleep, laughing, volunteering or attending religious services.
Staying away from fatty foods and eating more vegetable and rich in fiber food can always help on staying healthy. Eating a healthy diet can reduce your risk of heart disease. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help protect your heart. Beans, other low-fat sources of protein and certain types of fish also can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Know your risks.
The most influential risk factor for cardiovascular disease is age – the older you are, the greater your risk. The second is your genetic make-up. Although everyone is excited by the scientific progress in genomics research, conclusive gene tests are still in their infancy. But, as I tell our medical students, “A good family history is a poor man’s gene test.” We have long known that if your parents, grandparents, or other relatives were afflicted with or died of heart disease, diabetes or stroke, your risk is much greater.
Choose your heart supplements wisely.
Though vitamins have been shown to possibly help some conditions, to date none have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease. There is a great interest in alternative medicine and understandably so, because patients want to be empowered to take responsibility for their own health. However, many take alternative medicines because of the way they are marketed. The mere fact that a substance is “natural” does not prove its health benefit. It is important to know that research data are often lacking for alternative medications, supplements and vitamins, none of which are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
New Health Corp’s flagship product, Heart Savior was developed as an alternative to prescription statin drugs for people concerned about their cholesterol but wary of the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs. The product contains Coenzyme Q10, Red Yeast Rice, Policosanol, Niacin, Selenium, Guggulipid, and Plant Sterols and Stanols. The company also offers an economy product, LipidShield Plus for the same consumer. LipidShield was introduced in 2005 and HeartSavior was introduced in 2007.