8 Lifestyle Choices for Better Heart Health
by Robyn Benson
We have all heard the American Heart Association’s warnings to men about heart disease for years. Now, heart attacks have become the top killer of women too. Thankfully, there are easy lifestyle changes we can implement to encourage good heart health. Below are the top eight lifestyle choices that affect heart health.
1. Studies have shown that stress can change the way blood clots, which can increase the risk of heart attack. Create simple habits to follow to deal and manage your stress.
2. Celebrate a healthy heart with good food and nutrition for your heart. Enjoy omega-3’s (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout), nuts (almonds or walnuts) and berries (heart-healthy phytonutrients and soluble fiber).
3. If you are significantly above your ideal healthy weight, change it. Don’t put yourself at higher risk, like high blood pressure, that could lead to heart disease.
4. The 21st century saying, “Sitting is the New Smoking“ has been based on studies that confirm sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of having a heart attack the same as if you smoke.
5. Depression enhances sticky platelets, which are the tiny cells that can cause blood to clot. Learn more about Amplified Regenerative Therapies (ART) which are natural, unique scientific outpatient programs.
6. Addictions like tobacco, alcohol and drugs can lead to many health problems. Tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen the blood can carry to the heart and nicotine can cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Drinking can hurt your heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) and raise your blood pressure. Drugs affect your heart’s efficiency in its ability to pump and more. Ask about our 28-day program.
7. Erectile dysfunction and heart disease go hand in hand. The inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex may be a warning sign leading to serious heart problems.
8. Get a good night’s sleep and lighten your heart’s workload as your blood pressure and heart rate go down at night. Learn ways to keep a full sleep cycle to decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease.
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