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Published on October 06, 2014

What You Should Know About a Healthy Heart Lifestyle

What You Should Know About a Healthy Heart Lifestyle

What You Should Know About a Healthy Heart Lifestyle

Heart disease remains one of the leading causes of death in the world with 60% of the population passing of either a heart attack or a stroke.

According to Aditya Ambegaonkar MD, PIH Health Physicians cardiologist, “We can’t predict heart attacks; however, we can decrease the chance of heart disease by knowing and modifying our risk factors early.”

Prevention of heart disease rests in awareness and management of risk factors early. The risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cholesterol problems
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Sedentary lifestyle with high consumption of foods containing saturated fats

Concerning symptoms that may indicate a problem with the heart, and warrant a visit to your doctor, are:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Change in exercise tolerance

Symptoms of a heart attack are very different in men and women. In women, often the symptoms are more vague than in men. Early attention by a doctor is critical if you are having any alarming symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath.

It is never too late to modify heart attack risk factors. Choices at an early age play into how healthy a person’s heart is in their senior years. Doctors advocate for a healthy diet low in sodium and saturated fats that incorporates more lean meats and plant based foods. Everything should be consumed in moderation.

Preventative Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy

1. Quit smoking. Smokers have an increased risk of developing many chronic disorders, including cardiovascular disease.

2. Watch your weight. Obesity is associated with increased risk for heart attacks, heart failure and other negative consequences.

3. Keep moving. As little as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise helps to keep your heart strong. Always check with your doctor prior to starting any exercise program.

Speak with your doctor and know your risk factors.  Find a PIH Health Physician if you don’t already have one.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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