Most of us know that we should eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise to stay fit, but what else can you do to make sure your heart stays working well? Here a few tips that if you make them part of your everyday routines, your heart will be a healthy as it can be.
If you do not want to have to face heart surgery, such as a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, you will want to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to do just that:
Only Eat Healthy Fats
We all need fats in our diets, but they must be the right sort. Trans fat increases the risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke and should be avoided. It also clogs your arteries as it will raise your bad cholesterol levels, and lower the level of the good cholesterol. Removing them from your diet will allow your blood to flow more freely. They are usually found in processed foods such as packaged baked good, snack foods, margarines and fried fast foods. They are used because they add flavor and texture, but really not be part of your diet.
Look After Your Teeth
Good teeth are often a sign of good overall health and those that suffer from gum diseases often have the same risks with their heart. It appears that the bacteria in the mouth can move into the bloodstream and cause an increase in C-reactive protein, which is a marker for inflamed blood vessels. The matter is still under discussion, but it seems that these changes can increase your risk of heart disease. Brush and floss your teeth daily to avoid the risk of developing gum diseases.
Get Enough Sleep
Enough sleep is an essential part of staying healthy, and those who do not get enough are at a high risk of heart disease. A lack of sleep causes disruptions generally with health, including blood pressure. Make sure you get 7 – 8 hours most nights.
Have Breaks From Sitting Down
Research has shown that no matter how much exercise you do, sitting down for long periods is not good for you. This is bad news if your job involves you sitting at a desk all day, and to avoid the associated risks of heart disease, you should make sure you have regular breaks. Walk around for a while, and get your blood flowing again.
We all know that smoking is bad for us, but did you know that second-hand smoke is as well? It can affect your heart and lungs as much as if you had smoked a cigarette yourself, and you should never be afraid to ask people not to smoke by you.
It is particularly bad if you already suffer from high blood pressure or high cholesterol as the chemical given off by cigarettes are no good for your arteries.
Following these tips will be good for your heart and reduce the risk of you developing heart disease in the future.