How to Stay Heart Healthy

Did you know that almost 18 million people die from heart disease each year? That's a third of all deaths globally. In the United States, about 655,000 Americans die from heart disease (about one in four people). Could you be next? 

These statistics are alarming, but they don't have to scare you. Understanding your risk of heart disease and how to combat it can help you stay heart healthy. 

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common in the U.S. is coronary heart disease (CAD), which affects blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack.

There are many signs of a heart condition. Some may be silent conditions that you can be unaware of until it is too late. It's important to familiarize yourself with these signs and take action if you are at risk of a heart attack! 

Symptoms of a heart attack include: 

  •       Chest pain / discomfort
  •       Back or neck pain
  •       Indigestion
  •       Nausea or vomiting
  •       Unusual fatigue
  •       Dizziness
  •       Shortness of breath

Some of these symptoms can be remedied by having regular check-ups with your medical professional.

It's also helpful to understand when you may be at risk of heart disease. 

Risk Factors Include:

  •       Blood pressure
  •       Cholesterol
  •       Smoking
  •       Diabetes
  •       Obesity
  •       Alcohol consumption
  •       Unhealthy diet

A lifestyle change may be necessary in order to lower your risk factors.

Avoid Heart Issues with These Tips:

  •       Diet and exercise on a regular basis (at least three times per week).
  •       Weight management is crucial. Consult a dietician for options.
  •       Maintain your triglycerides and cholesterol screenings regularly with your doctor.
  •       Limit stress from normal surroundings whenever possible.

These are a few daily activities that we all can do to help limit the effects of a silent killer and avoid becoming one of the rising percentages of loved ones lost.