Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death? According to the Hearth Foundation, more Australians die of Heart Disease than any other cause!
Do not let that scare you… heart disease doesn’t have to be your fate. Of course, there are a few risk factors that you cannot change such as family history, gender and age, however there are some heart disease prevention tips that you can bring into your life that can help keep the nasty disease away!
If you have certain conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure, your doctor has more than likely prescribed you with medication. The lifestyle changes below can also be used to help and prevent heart disease.
Leanne and Fitness Tips Say:
Quit smoking!!! Smoking is one of the highest and most significant risk factors in developing heart disease. Smoking can affect and damage your blood vessels and causes narrowing of the arteries due to build up. This can lead to heart failure.
A simple one… Exercise for 30 minutes most days. Doing so can be helpful in controlling your weight and keeping those nasties away such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Eating a diet rich in wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and lean meat is essential for good heart health. It is important to limit sugar and salts from your diet as well as things such as deep-fried food, packaged foods, margarine, chips and cookies.
Get enough sleep!! Not getting enough sleep can do more than just leave you feeling tired. It can be detrimental to your health. Risks of having high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity are linked to a lack of sleep.
Finally, make sure to get regular health checks to check for things such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. If these are caught in time they can be managed and the risk of heart disease or failure will be smaller.
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