Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases

June 8, 2014Comments Off on Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases

In many parts of the world, cardiovascular diseases are considered to be one of the top reasons for high mortality rate. This is because, while it is easy to understand how the heart works, the various conditions and diseases that involve it can be quite unpredictable. Take for example the case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest as well as Heart Attack. Although, when it comes to the latter, a person could experience a number of signs and symptoms, the former is a different story. That being the case, one of the best things that anyone can do is to make sure that you prevent its onset.

As cliched as it may sound, one of the many things you can do in order to avoid being a statistic is to watch what you eat. Now, you might think that you need to litter your plate with only vegetables and fruits. Of course, if you are used to eating meat and such, this could mean a sudden change in how you eat. In truth, however, you can actually combine the food items that you like with the things that you should have on your plate in order to have a healthier heart. For example, you can make use of crushed nuts as garnishing for your meat or your grilled fish. Snacks, on the other hand, can come in the form of slices of your favorite fruit. If you have a sweet tooth, you can have instead whipped cream on top of your favorite fruit. Keep in mind that the keyword here is “balanced” meal. While you’re at it, you might also want to consider bringing down your salt intake. Too much salt in your diet has been proven to be one of the causes of hypertension. If you are used to having salt, slowly bring down the amount until your taste buds gets used to it.

Having a regular exercise regimen can also significantly lower the risk for a heart attack as well as the occurrence of a number of different heart conditions. If you are not the type who can regularly hit the gym, what you can do instead is increase your physical activities. For example, you can walk up the stairs when you report for work instead of using the elevator especially if you only need to go up one or two flights of stairs. Walking is also a good exercise for those who do not have the time to go to a gym. You can also do a 30-minute crunches each morning in order to strengthen up your muscles and convert whatever excess fats you might have into something useful for your body. Another way to do this would be to enroll in yoga classes. Yoga activities are considered to be strength training exercises and can help ensure that your heart is able to withstand undue stress.

Most medical professionals also recommend getting enough sun and making sure that you quit smoking. In the case of the former, certain studies have shown that a deficiency in Vitamin can actually lead one to have a higher risk of developing heart diseases.

Now, just to be on the safe side, it would also be wise to know how to administer CPR or to at least have an AED unit on standby. This can prove to be useful especially when something unexpected happens to anyone around you.