Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Take Steps to Prevent, Control Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control about every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event; about one every minute will die from one.
What can you do to reduce your chances of developing coronary heart disease?
* Recognize the risk factors
* Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack
* Live a healthy lifestyle: Watch your diet, get plenty of exercise
People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future.
Be aware of your and your family members' blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. Once you know these numbers, you can work to bring them into, or keep them within, a healthy range.
Making lifestyle changes can be hard. But if you make these changes as a family, it may be easier for everyone to prevent or control their CHD risk factors.
Although you might know eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it's often tough to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are eight heart-healthy diet tips. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you'll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet.
Of all the possible improvements you can make to your diet, limiting saturated fats and cutting out trans fats entirely is perhaps the most important. Both types of fat raise your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol level, which can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Luckily, there are many ways to control how much saturated and trans fats you take in.