The human heart is a very important organ. Its primary role is to pump blood throughout the body. The failure to perform its critical core function may lead to very far-reaching repercussions. That’s why every precaution has to be taken to ensure that it is disease-free at all times.
The central focus of the proceeding discussions is to identify and examine the various ways and means through which heart diseases may be prevented.
Sticking to a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is one that contains the right quantities of all the various food groups namely: sugar, fat, proteins, vegetables, and fruits. To achieve a healthy diet, trans-fats should be eliminated; whereas the consumption of soluble fibers, whey proteins, Omega III fatty acid, white meat and whole grains should be increased.
Exercising on a Regular Basis
Exercising increases the rate of heartbeat and in so doing, unclogs any blockages in the cardiovascular vessels; enhances the supply of oxygen throughout the body; reduces fats and aids in weight loss. Some of the most common and easy-to-do exercise workouts are: 30-minute walks; riding a bike; playing sports; taking stairs instead of an elevator; doing squats etc.
Controlling the Intake of Cholesterol
Excessively high amounts of bad cholesterol (low density lipoproteins) causes arteriosclerosis which is the thickening and hardening of the blood vessels. To deal with cholesterols, foods that are full of saturated fats should be eliminated or at least cut down. Fiber-rich foods such as beans, barley, fruits, oats, and vegetables – as well as plant proteins such as seeds, beans, nuts, and legumes – should be taken in plenty.
Managing Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the amount of force which the blood exerts on the sides of the blood vessels while in circulation. Any blood pressure that exceeds 140/90 mm Hg is considered risky and predisposes people to heart attacks and strokes. Daily consumption of pure water, regular fitness and exercising, quitting of smoking and drinking, and avoidance of stressful situations can effectively mitigate the situation.
Reducing Blood Sugar
High blood sugar levels causes: damages to the heart muscles; irregular heartbeats; coronary thrombosis (increased deposition of fatty materials in the blood vessels), and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries and veins). Sugar plays an important role in the development of the brain, and some amount of it is essential for children. But for adults sugar does little good if any. So cutting down on sweets and soft drinks is a good and healthy idea.
Smoking damages the linings of the arteries, lowers the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, stimulates the production of excess adrenaline, clots the blood, and provokes heart muscle failures (dilated cardio-myopathy). Without a doubt you’ll do a great favour to your cardiovascular system if you quit smoking.