Heart Smart

by debs
female and male runners on a marathon

Almost 14 million Americans have a history of heart attack or angina. It is now one of the leading causes of death in the United States. More than 1 million Americans have heart attacks each year. A heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI), is permanent damage to the heart muscle. Myo means muscle, cardial refers to the heart and infarction means death of tissue due to lack of blood supply.

Nutrition and energy are delivered to the entire body by blood from the pumping heart. The heart itself requires constant energy in the form of oxygen and nutrients, which all come from the blood that delivered through the coronary arteries.  A blockage in the coronary arteries prevents blood flow and causes the heart muscle to starve. The medical term for such starvation is ischemia, a condition that  is accompanied by a chest discomfort called angina.  If the blockage is severe, some of the heart muscle actually dies. When heart muscle dies, this is called a heart attack or myocardial infarction.

Aspirin is used to decrease blood clotting. It works by preventing platelets from sticking together and this can help prevent heart attacks but instead of just grabbing some medications whether it’s over the counter or prescription, why not start to learn how to get healthy and prevent a heart attack from happening doing it naturally as there are practical ways that can lessen the chances of having a heart attack by…Consuming at least five fruits and vegetables daily, change your eating habits, exercising at least 2.5 hours per week, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can decrease your chances of heart trouble by 35 percent, and the risk of dying by 40 percent, compared to people with less healthy lifestyles.  Research have shown that people who eat a balanced diet and exercise more can substantially reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease and death even if they’re in their 50s or 60s.  Most experts agree that a health-promoting lifestyle such as eating well, being active, and not smoking can cut overall risk of heart disease by 80 percent. Indeed, adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle makes a difference.

So, start now and don’t wait get moving, eat healthy, talk to your doctor to get started on a program for healthy living and to keep your heart healthy so that you can enjoy life to its fullest!

Thank you for letting me share and make it a great day! 

💕 debs

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