Heart disease is very serious, and it affects everyone in some way – even those who do not actually have it.
In fact, more than 600,000 people die from heart disease annually and 700,000 Americans will have a heart attack each year.
You really should be doing everything you can to reduce your risk of heart disease and keep your heart as healthy as possible. When your heart is healthy, you will inevitably age gracefully.
If you think there is some room for improvement when it comes to your heart health, there are some things that you can do. Keep in mind that it is never too late to make changes to your lifestyle to improve your heart health. Here are some ideas.
Do you smoke? Quit. Right now.
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your body. In addition to having a bad smell, ruining your teeth, and damaging your lungs, it can also damage your heart. If you are not a smoker, make sure you never start.
How is your blood pressure?
It is a good idea to check your blood pressure on a regular basis. Ideally, your blood pressure should be below 120/80, so work with your doctor to see how you can keep your blood pressure within healthy limits. Having good blood pressure will help strengthen your heart.
What is your weight?
Obesity has become more widespread than ever and it can lead to a host of health problems. Are you overweight or obese? If so, you need to tackle this for the sake of your heart. Start paying attention to your lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise.
Is your diabetes in check?
If you have diabetes, you might want to focus on your diet, exercise, medication, and weight because some types of diabetes can actually be reversed. As you take control over your diabetes, you will inevitably help your heart.
Have a chocolate.
Studies have shown that chocolate is good for your heart – as long as you do not overdo it. Eating dark chocolate with at least 70 per cent cocoa on a regular basis has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease thanks to polyphenols, which give our blood vessels a boost.
Go to the doctor.
You will never really know how your heart is doing if you skip annual visits with your doctor. A full assessment of your heart risk factors and current lifestyle are integral in maintaining a healthy heart.
If you are not already on top of your heart health, it is never too late to start!