More than 750,000 people will experience a heart attack this year, while 600,000 will lose their life due to some form of heart disease.
Fortunately, 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be avoided by being considerate of particular behaviors and habits.
Protecting Yourself Against Heart Disease
You can prevent the development of heart disease by adjusting a number of habits that are dedicated to awareness, diet and exercise.
The following recommendations serve as proven methods for creating a more stable, healthier cardiovascular system.
Receive Chiropractic Adjustments
Research shows that patients who suffer from high blood pressure and receive Chiropractic adjustments are able to recover completely. The techniques our doctors use are non-invasive and are completely void of harmful side effects, unlike prescription medication.
In fact, the impact Chiropractic adjustments provide for treating high blood pressure is equivalent to taking two blood-pressure stabilizing pills.
Manage Your Cholesterol Levels
Despite what you may think, there are particular types of cholesterol that are necessary for your body to function properly.
HDL cholesterol helps your body remove plaque from your arteries, while LDL cholesterol does the opposite and can eventually lead to Coronary Heart Disease.
You can support your ability to produce more HDL cholesterol by limiting your intake of saturated fats that are found in red meat and vegetable oils.
Try to avoid foods that are rich in trans fats like anything that’s deep fried or contains preservatives.
If you aren’t sure what your current cholesterol levels are, you should schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to get tested. Being proactive and understanding more about the current condition of your health is the most critical step you can take in ensuring a longer, more meaningful life.
Change Your Diet
Since we discussed the importance of avoiding foods that are high in trans and saturated fats, you might as well go ahead and make sure you’re consuming plenty of vegetables and fresh fruits.
Incorporating a diverse list of green veggies, whole grains, and Omega-3 acids ensures that your body is able to receive all of the nutrients its needs to regulate itself, including your blood pressure and heart rate.
If you are unsure of what types of food you should select from the grocery store, check for those that are stamped with the American Heart Association’s “Heart-Check” logo.
Lower Your Blood Sugar
Developing diabetes can quadruple your chances of developing stroke or some form of heart disease.
Taking active steps to control your blood sugar levels is critical for preventing various heart and kidney conditions from developing over time. If you already suffer from diabetes, leaving it unmanaged can lead to a number of permanent conditions such as blindness and nerve disease.
Monitor Your Weight
Carrying too much weight around with you can increase your risk for developing high blood pressure, as your heart is forced to work twice as hard to function properly.
Increasing the amount of cardio activity you perform each week, like walking or cycling, are easy, stress-free ways to strengthen your heart.