Many risks for heart diseases, including coronary artery disease and high blood pressure, can be naturally prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to minimize your risk factors. When you can’t or don’t want to change your lifestyle, probably the only way for prevention will be taking certain medicine. But you don’t want to be on medicine for a long period of time or even your whole life, so let me tell you what lifestyle changes you can make to prevent heart-threatening diseases and heart failure.
I can’t emphasize more on that. If you are a smoker, quit. Give it up. This is your biggest chance to prevent coronary artery disease and heart failure. The smoke you get from cigarettes, from tobacco, damages your heart, forcing it to work harder, and can be the cause of its weakening.
Smoking is bad in several ways. It makes the blood thicker and it flow slower, which can increase the risk of developing blood clots and a condition called thrombosis. This condition damages the arteries, which can lead to a more serious disease, atherosclerosis, which is the main cause of coronary artery disease and stroke. Stop-smoking medicine can help you give up the cigarettes and save your heart.
When your blood pressure is too high, it makes the heart work harder on pumping the blood throughout the body. With that, the heart muscle becomes thicker over time, in order to be able to catch up with the new pace. If this happens, with time the muscle can end up being too weak or too stiff to be able to function properly.
If you regularly check your blood pressure and keep it at a healthy level, this can make significant changes in the situation if you already have it. Sometimes, for those with high blood pressure, it is required to regularly take medicines that put the blood pressure down to a healthy level when it’s too high. If you are suspecting that you might have high blood pressure, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
If you have high levels of cholesterol, you are likely to be in danger of atherosclerosis, heart attack or stroke. With the constantly increasing level of cholesterol, the threat of coronary heart disease increases and increases the risk of heart failure. The combination of this factor with others, such as smoking or high blood pressure, puts you in even greater risk.
To reduce the cholesterol levels, a good way to start is to exercise regularly and go on a low-fat diet. In the situations when these changes in lifestyle do not help to reduce cholesterol level, it is very important to consult the doctor regarding the medicine to take.
Overweight people are in higher risk of coronary disease or heart attack, because of the additional pressure on the heart. How can you lose weight?
Eating healthy can help whether you do or do not have the condition. It will lower your risks of developing coronary heart disease and will protect you from diabetes and some cancer types.
Exercise regularly, in order to maintain a healthy weight. It doesn’t mean you have to purchase a gym membership or run a marathon, but a daily exercise will only help you.
Drinking too much alcohol too often puts you in danger of developing repeating high blood pressure, which can lead to heart failure. Heavy drinking over the course of several years or more can damage the heart muscle and provoke heart failure.