Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s one in every four deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
You probably know someone who has experienced a heart attack or has heart issues. It’s incredibly common and a very scary experience. There are many reasons to stay informed when is comes to understanding and potentially preventing heart issues. This blog article serves as a reminder to do what is best for your overall health and wellbeing. People of any age should try to make responsible decisions about what they do (or don’t do) and how they eat.
Let’s start with the symptoms or warning signs of a heart attack:
If you are experiencing or notice someone experiencing chest discomfort, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. According to the American Heart Association, most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of their chest for more than a few minutes. The discomfort may feel like pressure, squeezing or a full chest. Shortness of breath is also a warning sign and might be combined with chest discomfort. Pay attention to your body. You know yourself better than anyone. If you feel abnormal and think it could be something related to the heart, do not hesitate to call your doctor immediately.
Ways to help prevent heart disease
Since heart disease is so common in both men and woman, it is important to read and follow these tips as closely as you can. Cardiovascular disease becomes riskier as you age. If you have a family history of heart disease, you may want to start following these suggestions earlier in life to lessen your chances of having issues yourself.
It’s no doubt that you’ve heard most of these before. As an important reminder, try to do the following things to help maintain a healthy heart:
- Visit your physician on a regular basis
- Give up cigarettes and tobacco now
- Eat as healthy as you can, avoid trans fat
- Work out at least 30 minutes per day
- Watch your weight and limit calorie intake
- Pay attention to your cholesterol and blood pressure
- Tell your doctor if anyone in your family has suffered from a heart attack
- Manage the amount of stress in your life
- Get enough sleep at night
Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about heart health. These tips serve as a reminder. They should not be used in place of visiting your primary care physician. Remember to always ask your doctor before starting a new work out regimen or diet.
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