Advances in technology and our understanding of heart health have helped people today live longer than ever before. For example, cardiac monitors came with an overnight stay in the hospital because the heart monitors couldn’t leave the facility. Nowadays, Holter monitors are pocket size and can be used to monitor a patient’s heart while they go about their daily activities. Not only is this more convenient for the patient to avoid an overnight stay, but it also helps their physician detect problems that might only appear during certain physical activities.
Despite medical advancements, heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women in America. Doctors say that an ounce of prevention goes a long way to help you live a long and healthy life. Maintaining a healthy heart is as simple as making a few lifestyle changes that reduce the amount of stress the heart endures. Here are some things you can do to maintain a healthy heart:
- Well-balanced diet – Maintaining a balance of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is important to promote heart health. In addition to this, it is also important for you to avoid foods high in sodium and cholesterol because of the stress it places on the blood vessels.
- Visit your doctor regularly – Regular visits to your doctor can help you detect problems early like high-cholesterol levels or high-blood pressure. This is especially important as you get older and your body requires you to take different steps to maintain proper health.
- Be active – We hear it all the time because of how important it is to our health. Remaining physically active a few times a week is all that’s needed to reduce your risk for a heart attack and stroke. Running, yoga, and even walking are great examples of simple activities you can do to remain active.
- Avoid cigarettes and alcohol – Cigarettes cause the lining of the heart and blood vessels to become sticky and inflamed, increasing the chances of a heart attack or stroke because of blood vessels becoming blocked. Alcohol is fine in responsible quantities but as you get older, the amount your body can comfortably handle decreases.
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