When turning 50 years of age, many men and women fear having fatal heart disease. It’s understandable why that would be a cause of concern for people in this age group; being 50 years old or older is a major risk factor for heart disease. This concern motivates this age group to discover medically accepted methods of preventing or reducing the risk of heart disease. In this article, you will discover two proven methods for preventing heart disease.
Before looking at the two methods to help you prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease, I want to provide a few ideas to help you get the most out of these methods. First, be pro-active in your prevention and treatment efforts. Educate yourself as much as possible on diseases of the heart, the causes and available treatment. If there’s something you’ve read on WebMD or in an online medical journal that you don’t understand, write down your questions or concerns and ask your doctor. Speaking of your doctor, the next thing is to consider him or her as a member of your team. You want to reduce or eliminate the possibility of you having a heart attack or any heart disease.. Your doctor wants to help you accomplish this. The two of you must work together in order to meet this challenge head on.
While modern medicine has made outstanding progress in treating and preventing heart disease, two of the best measures in reducing the risk of heart disease are to alter patient’s attitudes toward diet and actually change the types of food eaten. Professional medical groups have found that a diet low in trans and/or saturated fat, as well a diet low in calories, is an excellent way to reduce your LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, is a major risk factor for heart disease. Therefore, when you reduce bad cholesterol, you reduce your risk for having a heart attack. However, while a change in diet is a very good start, it’s not enough. You must add a regular exercise or fitness regimen to your heart disease prevention plan.
In order to maximize the benefits of a low-fat, low-calorie diet, you need to get involved in a regular fitness or exercise program. A regular regimen of moderate physical exertion can reduce your risk of heart disease. How? A regular fitness or exercise program, consisting of at least 30 minutes, increases the flow of blood to your heart and strengthens the contractions of your heart so that it pumps more blood with less effort. Also, your new fitness program can also help you maintain your proper weight, which means your heart won’t have to work as hard. However, you should check with your doctor before you begin any exercise program. Combining a regular exercise program with a change in diet, as well as other lifestyle changes, provides you with a potent one two combination in your battle to prevent heart disease.
Keep in mind that while adopting a heart healthy diet and a regular moderate exercise program are two proven methods that can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease, you shouldn’t rely on them as your only weapons in your battle against heart disease. Some common sense measures you can take include eliminating alcohol and tobacco, reducing stress levels, lowering your blood pressure and losing weight. Depending on your situation, it may be necessary to take prescription drugs to help you prevent heart disease. The decision to begin any prescription drug therapy can only be made after consulting with your doctor and discussing the available options that are best for you.
With heart disease being one of the leading causes of death in the United States, preventing and reducing the risk of it should be on the minds of men and women in this country. Educate yourself and take action. Adopt a heart healthy diet that is low in bad fat, get 30 minutes of moderately vigorous exercise or physical activity and make common sense lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease.