Heart Disease, The Leading Cause of Death Globally
Heart Disease may be the leading cause of death globally, and nearly half of American adults are diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. It is estimated heart disease claims 610,000 lives yearly, contributing to 1 in 4 deaths in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, approximately every 40 seconds, an American will have a heart attack. Every year, 805,000 Americans have a heart attack, 605,000 of them for the first time.
Heart disease is a term used to describe a range of conditions that affect your heart and blood vessels. These conditions include:
Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, overweight and obesity, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.
The symptoms of heart disease vary from men to women, with the most common being chest pain, which can manifest differently in women.
Maintaining heart health is a fundamental step toward achieving optimal well-being. The silver lining is that lifestyle changes can make a BIG difference!
Recent studies demonstrate otherwise, despite the popular belief that our genetics determine our destiny. We are more in control of how our genes are expressed through our lifestyle and environment.
Here are a few lifestyle skills to adapt to prevent the leading cause of death in both males and females.
1. Smart Eating:
Eat a balanced diet and reduce saturated fats and sodium. Your heart loves fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, plant-based proteins, lean proteins, and fish. You want to limit your intake of sugar, salt, processed foods, alcohol, and saturated fats. Your heart will thank you!
2. Move Your Heart:
Regular exercise keeps you fit and significantly lowers the risk of cardiovascular issues. Being physically active is recommended, so adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week. You should also aim for 20 -30 minutes of strength training three times a week.
3. Stress Less, Live More:
Stress management isn’t just for peace of mind; it’s a crucial aspect of heart health. These habits prevent heart attacks and strokes and improve overall heart function. Remember, your heart is a treasure worth protecting!
4. Snooze More, Gain Less:
If you want to decrease your risk of chronic physical health conditions, go to sleep! Very few things in life can be improved with consistently good quality sleep. Get quality sleep- Getting enough is vital to our overall health. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night would be best.
5. Smoke and get toasted:
Smoking can damage your heart and blood vessels. Smoke alone can reduce the oxygen in your blood, causing an increase in heart rate and blood pressure and making your heart work harder.
6. Be curious about your risk factors, family history, and appropriate health screening and laboratory recommendations. As I always say, “Test, not Guess.”
Scientific evidence shows that simple lifestyle tweaks can be your shield against heart disease. Let’s not just talk about beating the stats; let’s live it!
How would you rate your level of prevention for each of these, 1-10? This month, we should ensure we do all we can to keep ourselves the healthiest we can be.
I invite you to join me on the Heart2Health Challenge, where we make every heartbeat count! If you live in Atlanta, let’s enjoy each other’s company during the beautiful Heart Health Revolution Free Event on February 24th, courtesy of Live to the Beat.
Register and Choose your small step at bit.ly/heart2heartchallenge.
Hope to see you!
Cheers to Living At Your Finest Well-being: Whole, Vibrant, and Healthy.
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