Cardiac diseases are the leading cause of deaths in the United States, and sadly the numbers have been growing speedily over the years. Heart diseases are not biased and they affect men and women in nearly the same fashion. And if you’re thinking you’re too young, to be affected by a heart disease, then it’s time to get your facts right, because nearly fifteen percent of the heart patients are below 30.
Here are a few tips on how to prevent heart attacks by making some simple changes to your lifestyle.
Kick the butt
Smokers are the most prone to heart diseases, so much so, that it figures as the number one cause for heart attacks. Smoking also leads to some other heart related ailments, such as high blood pressure, and a constant high blood pressure has a real damaging effect on your heart.Â So, if you’re still smoking it’s time to quit, and in case it’s your partner who is smoking, you need to persuade him to quit, because secondhand smoke is equally dangerous.
Sweat it out
Doing cardio exercises brings in loads of benefits for your heart, however if cardio exercises seem too much, try to sweat it out with a walking, jogging or aerobics. If regular exercise doesn’t excite you, get onto some active sport like basketball or tennis. Cardiac specialists recommend a minimum of three weekly exercise sessions of about half an hour each, but for beginners you can start of with fifteen minute sessions.
Cut the flab
Get onto some healthy eating habits to include more of fish, fresh fruits, raw vegetables and whole grains into your diet, while avoiding excessive fat. Eat healthy and exercise regularly to cut down the tires you have accumulated around your waist, over the years. You have to strive for a BMI of 25 or below to reduce your odds of suffering from a heart disease.
Avoid getting drunk every other day, and let your alcohol consumption be in moderation. While four to six drinks a week have a beneficial effect on your overall health, anything beyond that is an open invitation to heart diseases. Replacing your regular alcoholic drinks with red wine can also be fruitful, since the red wine has a positive effect on your heart. But even with the red wine moderation remains the key word.