Keep Your Heart Healthy and Happy!

Heart Disease is a broad term used to describe many conditions of the heart including coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Most heart conditions can be prevented by simply changing your daily habits and paying attention to warning signs.

 

4 tips on keeping a healthy heart:

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Blood pressure and you

Blood pressure measures the force of blood pushing outwards on your arterial walls. It is written as two numbers, such as 112/78mm Hg. High Blood Pressure means the pressure in your arteries is elevated and is characterized as a reading higher than 140/90 mm Hg. Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg. The top, systolic, number is the pressure when the heart beats. The bottom, diastolic, number is the pressure when the heart rests between beats.

Blood Pressure Stages

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Cholesterol counts

Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in the bloodstream and in all of your body’s cells. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL or ‘bad’) cholesterol can join with fats and other substances to build up in the inner walls of your arteries. The arteries can become clogged and narrow, which in turn reduces blood flow. High-density lipoprotein  (HDL or ‘good’) cholesterol carries harmful cholesterol away from the arteries which helps protect you from heart attack and stroke. Triglycerides are a type of fat that is packaged with cholesterol when the lipoproteins form in the liver cells.

Your cholesterol scores will show a measurement for triglycerides. A score higher than normal may mean you have a higher chance of developing coronary artery disease.

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Below are the top 4 foods to lower your number

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Be Active!

Your heart is a muscle and needs exercise to help keep it fit so that it can pump blood efficiently around your body. In order to retain body strength, stamina and functionality, regular physical activity is essential. Even a brisk walk can help. Consistent physical activity is good for:

  • Preventing heart disease
  • Lowering your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke
  • Helping to fight the battle to quit smoking
  • Aiding cardiac rehabilitation
  • Establishing good heart healthy habits in children
  • Building stronger immunity
  • Reducing blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure
  • Helping to reduce stress, tension, depression and anxiety
  • Helping to control weight
  • Improving overall health and wellbeing, prolonging your optimal health

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Stress Less 🙂

Everyone feels stress in different ways and reacts to it in different ways. How much stress you experience and how you react to it can lead to a wide variety of health problems — and that’s why it’s critical to know what you can do about it.
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More research is needed to determine how stress contributes to heart disease. But stress may affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating. Some people may choose to drink too much alcohol or smoke cigarettes to “manage” their chronic stress, however these habits can increase blood pressure and may damage artery walls.

Since stress is inevitable and comes in so many forms, knowing what to do to relieve your stress is key.

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Remember: Keep your heart happy and keep your heart healthy!

For more information visit www.mybermudaheart.bm or htttp://www.heartfoundation.org.

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