Researchers have concluded that heart disease ranks as the number one cause of death among American people, especially women. Nationwide, heart-related conditions affect approximately 43 million women in the U.S. However, patients are oftentimes unaware of their condition or give display little to no concern in relation with the dangers. Furthermore, according to a survey conducted by the American Heart Association, more women have succumbed to heart disease than men.
Increasing heart disease awareness has become a priority among health experts who have now issued guidelines to help women lower the risks associated with the condition. The American Heart Association claims that most strokes and heart attacks, more specifically 80 percent of these heart-related conditions can be easily prevented through lifestyle changes. Health experts say that even those who come from a family with history of heart disease can increase their odds of surviving longer by taking up a healthier approach to life.
According to cardiologists, there are four areas people susceptible to heart disease can work on to improve their chances at longer lives: balanced diet, avoiding carcinogens found in cigarettes, physical activity, and stress management. Other measures can help one prevent heart disease, as well, such as maintaining a healthy weight, monitoring blood pressure, and subject to regular recommended health screenings.
In order to lead a healthy life, free of risks associated to heart-related conditions, the American Heart Association urges the U.S. population to perform at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity each day. If not possible to attend a gym, health experts recommend those who suspect they are at a risk of heart disease to perform brisk walks daily, or, at least, get up from time to time and walk around the house.
Experts say that sitting down nowadays has become as dangerous as smoking was for past generations. When mixing a diet balanced on junk food, the risk of heart disease skyrockets, say doctors. Hence, adding vegetables and fruits to daily meals could help prolong one’s life, especially those with a family history of heart-related conditions. Ultimately, a recent study revealed that spending time with friends at a local pub can contribute greatly to one’s overall health, even if not suffering from heart disease.
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