Heart Disease Help

Heart disease – also called cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke. Even if you already have heart disease, the right diet can help you reverse it by improving your cholesterol, taming high blood pressure, steadying blood sugar, dousing inflammation, and even taking off extra pounds.

For the first time, the American Heart Association has defined what it means to have ideal cardiovascular health, identifying seven health and behavior factors that impact health and quality of life. Simple changes can make a big difference in living a better life.

These steps can help add years to your life.

  1. don’t smoke
  2. maintain a healthy weight
  3. engage in regular physical activity
  4. eat a healthy diet
  5. manage blood pressure
  6. take care of cholesterol
  7. keep blood sugar or glucose, at healthy levels.

Physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories such as climbing stairs or playing sports. Aerobic exercises such as walking, jogging, biking, or swimming benefit your heart. Strength and stretching exercises are best for overall stamina and flexibility.

The simplest, positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health is to start walking. It’s enjoyable, free, easy, social and great exercise. A walking program is flexible and boasts high success rates because people can stick with it. It’s easy for walking to become a regular and satisfying part of life. Studies show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours. Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits. Walking is the single most effective of exercise to achieve heart health.

 

How Blood Flows through the Heart

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