Tips For A Healthy Heart

Most of us know the basics of keeping your heart in good working order. For the most part all of these tips are common knowledge, but it helps to have them layed out. Like I said most of us know this stuff but the fact of the matter is that just a little more than 1 percent of us in the U.S. follow these behaviors that can keep our hearts in good working order.

How To Maintain A Healthy HeartA study examined the behaviors of 44,959 adults in the U.S. (ages 20 and older) who were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1988 and 1994, 1999 and 2004, and 2005 and 2010, and the NHANES III Linked Mortality File.

The researchers found that just 2 percent of people who were in the study between 1988 and 1994 and 1.2 percent of people in the study between 2005 and 2010 abided by the seven metrics deemed optimal for heart health.

People who did meet all seven of the metrics had a 76 percent decreased risk of dying from something heart-related, and a 51 percent decreased risk of death in general, WebMD reported. This is compared with the risk of death from people who only met one or none of the metrics

“As diabetes, obesity and sedentary lifestyle are on the rise, it is crucial that we establish and reinforce these parameters in every individual,” Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital and a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, told Everyday Health.

“With the American Heart Association’s goal to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease by 20 percent by the year 2020, these health metrics are critical in determining the best course of action by both patients and doctors to prevent heart disease,” Steinbaum told Everyday Health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease was responsible for nearly one in four deaths in the United States in 2008. The CDC also reported that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among American men and women.

What Dose It All Mean?

The nature of the problem transcends the health care and public health systems, and solutions must also come through improvements in the built environment and better access to healthy foods and activity, which should reduce alarming disparities in cardiovascular health.

Here are the some ways you can maintain a healthy heart

1. Not Smoking

2. Being Physically Active

3. Maintaining Normal Blood Pressure Levels

4. Maintaining Normal Blood Glucose Levels

5. Maintaining Normal Total Cholesterol Levels

6. Maintaining A Healthy Weight

7. Eating A Healthy Diet

 

Easier Said Than Done, But When It Comes Down To It —- It’s All Up To You!

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