Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Heart Disease

(c) 2011, Written by Will Blesch

 

As a man, knowing what I can do to prevent Heart Disease is pretty important since it kills more men than cancer every year. Really though, heart disease, also known as Coronary Heart Disease, or CHD effects just as many women as it does men.

If you live in Mississippi you should really pay attention since your state has the highest rates of the disease in the entire U.S.

First thing’s first though. What exactly IS Coronary Heart Disease? Well, according to the CDC, “ this disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries). Plaque is made up of cholesterol deposits, which can accumulate in your arteries. When this happens, your arteries can narrow over time. This process is called atherosclerosis.”

Basically, the plaque blocks your arteries and your heart doesn’t get enough blood. This weakens your heart and eventually can cause your heart to fail.

Voila…heart attack.

The five major signs of a heart attack are the following:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.

Everyone’s symptoms can be different. Thus, if you feel any of the above, pay attention. If you are in an at risk group (If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Diabetes, are a smoker, are obese,  eat junk all the time, never exercise, or drink alcohol on a regular basis) you should probably make some lifestyle changes.

You should also keep a bottle of aspirin handy. At the onset of any of the symptoms of a heart attack, by popping a couple of aspirin immediately, you can thin your blood and potentially give yourself enough time to get to an emergency room.

There are three things you can do to help prevent yourself from developing CHD. All of them involve lifestyle changes. Some people are pre-disposed to getting heart disease, but you can’t do anything about your genetics at this point. You have to stick with something you can actually do something about…and that involves your behavior.

1.      Lower your cholesterol. Cut out that super-duper, deep fried, greasy chicken leg! Substitute a healthy, baked chicken leg instead. Get rid of anything containing Trans-fatty acids… i.e. Partially Hydrogenated Oils…completely.

2.      Lower your body weight. Being overweight dramatically increases your chances of heart disease.

3.      Exercise on a regular basis. Exercise not only helps to lower your cholesterol, but it also helps lower blood pressure.

Those are the top three things you can do. As a bonus, I’m going to let you in on a couple other things that can potentially help to lower your risk.

1.    Get a water filter that removes chlorine from your drinking supply.
2.      Eat a non-acidic diet. According to cancertutor.com, “An acid diet not only causes acidic wastes in the blood, but it also creates an environment that virus, yeast, fungus and bacteria can thrive in. These microbes are also a major cause of heart disease. Actually, it is the waste products of these microbes, called “mycotoxins,” that do most of the damage.”

There you have it. Now get out there, live a healthy lifestyle, and be around when you’re 80 so you can enjoy your grand kids!

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