Are you at risk for heart disease? As people age, their risk of heart disease increases. While many people put their head in the sand and ignore the potential risks, this is not a wise move to make. Without proper care, you can find yourself in the ER hooked up to a bunch of wires waiting to find out if you had a heart attack. Wouldn’t it be more prudent to find out and lower your risk of heart disease instead?
There are many steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease. However, before we delve into the steps, the most important thing that you can do to maintain your health and physical wellbeing is to monitor changes in your body. Even the smallest thing can be a sign of something that should be checked out by a medical professional. With the medical advancements available today, ignoring your health is the worst thing you can do. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s discuss the 4 simple steps you can do today to lower your risk of heart disease.
Blood Pressure Control
The first step in lowering your risk of heart disease is to monitor and control your blood pressure. You need an at home blood pressure device to monitor your readings. Blood pressure changes throughout the day, so it is best to pick one time a day to take your blood pressure. Each day, take your blood pressure at the same time. If you notice a consistently higher upper number (systolic) above 145 or a high lower number (diastolic), above 100, contact your doctor.
In addition to your blood pressure, you must keep an eye on your good and bad cholesterol. With a high, bad cholesterol reading you are at risk of clogged arteries that can lead to a heart attack. However, having a low, good cholesterol can be just as alarming. With a low, good cholesterol reading, you at risk of developing heart disease as good cholesterol protects you from heart disease.
Stress is a silent killer. When you have chronic stress, your body can’t relax which puts you at risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, etc. Pay attention to your stress levels and find ways to relax. Listen to music, read, meditate, draw, or indulge in massage therapy. Don’t let stress rule your life and destroy your heart.
The last simple step to reduce your risk of heart disease is exercise. You need consistent daily exercise. One day per week of an hour of an exercise activity is not sufficient. The closer you can get to 30 minutes per day on moderate exercise, the better off your overall heart health will be.
It is not a good idea to think, “It will never happen to me.” Ignoring the potential risk of heart disease puts you at risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, and stroke. It is much better to get a checkup and take preventive measure rather than trying to improve your heart function after a heart attack.