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600,000 Americans in the United States die from heart disease every year

 

          Can you believe that 1 out of every 4 deaths that occur in the United States is directly related to heart disease? Although cancer, stroke, respiratory disease, accidents, suicide, and homicide are some of the leading factors of death, heart disease is #1. Imagine how many people are in your family right now. My family consists of me, my wife, our son, and the baby that is on the way. That means that according to these statistics, one of us is going to die of heart disease at some point in time. Isn’t that a little scary to think about? Here are some suggestions on what you can do to improve your heart health and longevity.       

You are at risk if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Your diet isn’t very healthy
  • If you have diabetes
  • Are not physically active
  • If you smoke, drink, or use other harmful substances.

What are you doing to take care of your heart?

  1. Eat Healthy – This is one of the most, if not the most, important thing you can do to maintain a healthy heart. Have you ever heard the phrase, “you are what you eat”? A majority of all the leading causes of death are diet related, heart disease being the leader. The AHA (American Heart Association) recommends that you consume a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, high-fiber foods, fish twice a week, and that you minimize intake of beverages and foods with added sugars. Not to mention you shouldn't consume too much sodium (salt) or cholesterol, and decrease consumption of high fatty foods, etc.
  2. Exercise Regularly – The majority of Americans live a sedentary lifestyle which is not good for the heart. Your heart is a muscle that pumps about 1.3 gallons per minute. So at the end of the day, that adds up to about 1,900 gallons. The crazy part is that you don’t even realize your heart is doing all this work, and it even does it while you’re sleeping. Since your heart is working so hard to keep you alive, you should probably help it out by exercising it a little bit to build it's strength. Thirty minutes of physical activity most days of the week is a minimum general guideline. Even the busiest people can fit or arrange it into their schedules. If you’re too busy to take care of your health, then you are much too busy.
  3. Avoid drugs, alcohol, and any other harmful substances – Don’t smoke! This is obvious, needs no further explanation.

 

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