Check out if you are up to date on the ways to free yourself from the burden of experiencing the first of many things-stroke, heart attack or heart complications. Maybe you recall reading it in the health section of the newspaper or somewhere online but what follows now are the latest guidelines laid down by the American Heart Association (AHA) that’s surely going to be an eye-opener of all sorts. Heart exists as the central organ responsible for our health but its obvious from the way we treat this integral organ and the statistics backing heart-related problems as being among the top health risks faced by individuals that humans don’t pay enough respect nor show enough concern for its well-being. Revisiting certain things and correcting them might make your heart smile and your life filled with laughter.
Safeguarding your heart is unlike building a spacecraft and it requires no technical knowledge. Much common sense, recognizing symptoms at an early stage and taking precautionary steps is the best way to keep the heart healthy.
Individual: The Only Real Focus Here
Question the use of aspirin
Physicians suggest using low doses of aspirin in those individuals at a high risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart diseases. But research of late have triggered our mind to start questioning the reliability of using aspirin as it has been shown to increase the risk of bleeding in the intestinal tract. Latest guidelines suggest taking aspirin only when other risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, exercising and weight issues have been met. Also, people above the age of 70 are advised to never take aspirin as the risk of bleeding is even greater than the sum of benefits that this medicine could proclaim upon the person.
Going Away from E-cigarettes
Smoking is a grave risk factor and quitting smoking is the only advice that’s apt. Latest guidelines also deal with the negative consequences associated with e-cigarettes that’s being increasingly used as an alternative to quitting smoking. Rather, its suggested that people choose something between nicotine replacement patches, gums or smoke cessation medications instead. But truly, avoiding any of these and getting an expert’s help is the best way to deal with the problem.
No Changes to your Blood Pressure Recommendations
The guidelines don’t change here and it is recommended that every individual tries to maintain recommended BP ranges-130/80 mmHg as revised by the 2017 guidelines. High BP is a grave risk for heart ailments and the better attention you pay to these ranges the more advantageous is it for you.
Workout on Lowering Cholesterol Levels
High levels of the bad cholesterol, LDL, has also been an ever-existing risk for heart disease. Go for a healthy lifestyle change by modifying your diet routine, exercise habits and smoking weakness. Despite these, if cholesterol levels fail to lower it is better to discuss it with the physician who can recommend medications such as statins.
Keep Type 2 Diabetes under Control
The latest guidelines go beyond prescribing meds such as metformin to treat diabetes but also suggesting those kinds of drugs that help cells in the body to flush out glucose or make the pancreas secrete more insulin to break down blood sugar.
The Environment in which you Live Matters
Our health is based on our lifestyle. Many factors such as proper housing facilities, hygienic food availability, access to good healthcare facilities and social environment play a critical role in deciding the patient’s wellbeing. Planning to reduce the risk of an individual must be based on the individual’s goals, circumstances and values.
Stay on a Healthy Weight
Physicians and health experts advice individuals to always take care to maintain a normal body weight by exercising regularly, eating more of fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts and cereals and avoiding trans-fat and saturated-fats as much as possible. Failing to stay on a healthy weight can lead to a series of problems that can put your life in a shamble. Get in touch with registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com to reduce weight, control diabetes, save yourself from high LDL levels and attain overall wellness.
Staying active and doing exercise regularly is the best way to stay health. It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week. Avoid over exertion but do as much as possible to stay active. Stop giving lame excuses and if you feel you don’t have the time to do 30 minutes of activity daily start with 5 minutes of exercise a day. I am not joking but there have been several studies proving that some degree of activity is better than no activity at all for better heart health.
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