Several factors play a fundamental role in your overall heart health. Let’s get specific about how these can impact you or someone close to you.
High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for heart disease. High pressure can affect your heart and major organs, including your kidneys and brain. This medical condition occurs when the pressure in the blood through your arteries and other blood vessels is elevated.
High cholesterol occurs when the body takes in more cholesterol than it can use. Cholesterol builds on the walls of the arteries, including the heart. The arteries can narrow, decreasing proper blood flow to the heart, brain, kidneys, and the other parts of your body.
While you may not be a smoker, it can have a bearing on you or a loved one. Smoking is hazardous and can lead to a multitude of critical health complications. Smoking increases' blood pressure, reduces the amount of oxygen to your heart, reduces the appeal to exercise and increases the propensity for blood clots, which lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Diabetes causes sugar to build up in the blood, increasing the chance for heart disease. The probability of death from cardiovascular disease for adults with diabetes is considerably higher than adults who do not have diabetes. Talk with your doctor about ways to control your blood sugar and reduce the likelihood of diabetes.
Genetic factors play a role in high blood pressure, heart disease, and other related conditions. Your family history of heart disease will be a shared environment and other potential factors that can increase your risk. It is important for you to take inventory of the medical conditions of your 1st and 2nd generation relatives by compiling your family health history. Most physicians will ask these types of questions to build your health profile.
Leading an overweight or obese lifestyle increases your possibility of heart disease. To determine if your weight is in a healthy range, ask your doctor to calculate your body mass index (BMI) on your next visit. Increase your physical activity to help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. Start with something you enjoy; an activity that includes endurance such as swimming, walking, light running, playing golf, bowling, hiking or cycling. Ensure you work towards maintaining a healthy weight to keep you heart functioning well and decrease your chance of any cardiovascular diseases.
The Proverb ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ holds more credence than you might think. Laughter relaxes and expands blood vessels, which helps protect your heart. Make sure you partake in activities you enjoy and spend time with people who bring fun, joy, and laughter to your life. Seize the moment and plan something special to celebrate Valentine's Day with someone special or a group activity to spread your love and happiness.
Living a healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack. For further information on these and other factors, consult your physician or healthcare provider.
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