February 16, 2017

Heart Disease Prevention

Your heart is a strong, hard-working muscle that pumps blood to provide your body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs. So it’s important to keep your heart healthy.

Many people think of heart disease as one condition – but heart disease is, in fact, a group of conditions affecting the structure and functions of the heart and has many root causes.

Heart disease is preventable and your best defence is controlling the risk factors that could lead to heart disease.

You can reduce your risk of heart disease by taking these heart-healthy tips:

  • quit smoking
  • be physically active
  • control your blood pressure
  • eat a low-fat healthy diet
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • manage your diabetes
  • limit alcohol use
  • reduce stress
  • visit your doctor regularly

If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition, there are treatments to help you manage your illness. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, medicines, medical and surgical procedures, and cardiac rehabilitation in order to relieve symptoms, lower the risk of blood clots, bypass clogged arteries, and prevent complications.

For more posts like these, visit the Physical Wellness page.