Heart Disease is one of the leading causes of death in the
United States. That makes learning about heart health a number one priority,
especially if you are over the age of 40 or have been diagnosed with high blood
pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease or someone in your family has been
diagnosed or passed away because of heart disease. Our heart is the center of
our circulatory system. Besides the brain the heart is the most important organ
in the body. The heart pumps blood throughout the entire body re-oxygenating
all of the organs along the way. If you do not have good heart health then its
time you did something about it.
disease is not one of those diseases that you can just pick up. It takes years
of eating unhealthy, not exercising, smoking, drinking and working under high
stress conditions to cause an unhealthy heart. Even if not all of these factors
describes you, it doesn’t eliminate you from acquiring heart disease. Therefore
it is important to take action to prevent heart disease.
and strategies for improving heart health are as wide and various as they come.
Traditional medicine, natural medicine, and holistic medicine all have various
treatments, preventions and strategies to improve heart health. Determining the
best approach for you will be based upon your own personal heart health. It is
best to understand where your heart health is at before you decide on what
methods to take to ensure a healthy heart.
you start making choices to change your life, schedule an appointment with your
physician. Your medical doctor is the best person to determine where exactly
your heart health is at the moment. Even if you don’t have heart disease, your
doctor can predict if you are on the path to an unhealthy heart. Also, a family
history of heart disease, or cardiovascular problems can determine if your
genetic makeup predisposes you to cardiovascular health problems. Once your
doctor determines your heart health, he/she can recommend several ways to
improve your heart health and prevent heart disease or cardiovascular disease.
traditional medicine normally relies on prescriptions and medications to
resolve health problems, many medical doctors are now including several natural
or therapeutic approaches within their recommendations. Nutritionists,
dieticians, physical therapists and specialists are all referral sources that
medical doctors use to reduce and prevent diseases. If you are unhappy with
your doctor’s recommendations, look for a 2nd opinion. It is
important to understand and approve of your doctors recommendations before
starting on any treatment path. The path to achieving or maintaining heart
health may be different for everyone depending upon one’s current heart health.
Not everyone will achieve the same degree of change from the same treatment.
most widely used course of action for attaining heart health is changing your
diet. Diets high in sugar, carbohydrates, and fried and processed foods are all
leading contributors to heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure
and atherosclerosis. Overtime these foods will weaken and fatten the heart
making it work harder to pump the blood throughout the body. By eating a diet
rich in essential nutrients you can strengthen the heart and decrease the risk
for heart disease. A diet with several servings of fruits and vegetables, high
fiber foods and lean protein will improve your hearts health immediately.
changing ones diet is probably the best thing someone can do for their heart,
it is not the only way to improve heart health. And for some people it may need
to be combined with other techniques to alter the levels of heart health. Diet
and exercise together can significantly change one’s heart health. Remember it
is important to monitor your diet and exercise changes through a professional.
It is never too late to change the path of the health of your heart. It is up
to you to make the changes to improve your heart health.