Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news is that heart disease is often preventable. Health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
There are several factors and considerations that everyone can take into account to decrease the risk of heart diseases; such as making physical activity part of our daily routine, having regular check-ups, working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects to keep yourself healthy and save your life from the leading cause of death.
- Regular exercise and physical activities: Aim for at least 3 hours of exercise per week.
- Healthy food and eating habits: Low salt and fatty diet, more fruits and vegetables.
- Blood pressure control: Make sure that you get your blood pressure checked routinely by yourself and your physician, know your numbers and your target.
- High cholesterol: check your lipid profile especially if there is a family history of heart disease and elevated cholesterol, build good eating habits and stick with your medications if needed.
- Quit smoking and other tobacco products: is not only healthy for your heart but it also affects nearly every organ in your body.
- Routine and regular check-ups, following instructions and medications compliance.
By Dr. Laith Zamel, IMA Cardiology