There’s no guarantee against suffering a heart attack. However, many are certainly helped along by lifestyle factors, so you can take steps to lower the risk. Here are five tips to get you started.
1. Keep away from cigarettes
Cigarettes have been around for long enough now that there’s plenty of compelling research demonstrating the link between smoking and increased risk of heart attack. This includes smoke inhaled directly and smoke inhaled second-hand or passively. In addition, cigarette smoke boosts your chances of suffering lung disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Try and keep away from it.
2. Try to exercise every day
Modern lifestyles push us towards sitting at desks for long hours. However, this is bad, bad news for your heart. Don’t let your job cause you to develop a habit of being sedentary. Commit to exercising daily. Even if you don’t have time to get to the gym, you can make a positive difference by walking part of your commute. In addition, invest in a standing desk or, at least, stand up and stretch once per hour.
3. Keep an eye on your cholesterol
One of the biggest factors causing heart disease is blood lipids being abnormal or at a high level. There are three types of lipids, namely triglycerides, HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). As you might’ve guessed, you want a low LDL reading and a high HDL one. Make sure you get your cholesterol tested regularly and, should you receive a dangerous reading, seek medical help, which is usually in the form of medication and changes to diet.
4. Avoid over-eating
Unfortunately, the amount of salt and sugar in every day, packaged foods makes it challenging for people to keep their calorie intake down. The answer is to avoid such foods, opting instead for fresh, non-packaged items, such as fruit, vegetables, grains and fish. Omega-3 is good for heart health. On top of that, try to resist eating too much in one sitting. Keep portions to a minimum and, when you’re full, stop eating.
5. Reduce stress levels
High stress levels can be hard to avoid, especially if you work in a high-powered job or deal with difficulties in personal relationships. However, it’s important to take time out and relax whenever you can. Try enrolling in a meditation course or a yoga class – even a mini-break once a week can make a difference.
If you want further advice, get in touch with Encompass Medical Centre today.
Encompass Medical Centre Mt Waverley
533 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley
Ph: 8545 9955