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How To Prevent Heart Disease

London Ellis, Vice-Editor

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Heart disease is preventable by being healthy. To know how to prevent a heart attack you must know how it is caused. Certain factors contribute to the unwanted buildup of fatty deposits that narrows arteries throughout your body. You can improve or eliminate many of these risk factors to reduce your chances of having a first or another heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked. The blockage is most often a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart. The plague eventually breaks away and forms a clot. The interrupted blood flow can damage or destroy part of the heart muscle.Keeping your weight in check is the simplest way to not have heart problems, and a few simple tips can help. First off, if you’re overweight, focus initially on not gaining any more weight. This by itself can improve your health. Then, try to lose some weight in order to live a healthier life.

 

  • Integrate physical activity and movement into your life.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Choose smaller portions and eat more slowly.

Smoking causes many problems with your health including being a vasoconstriction for the arteries causing a higher blood pressure (bp) and high blood pressure leads to many problems with your health because it doesn’t allow blood to travel as fast or as much. This is a cause for heart attacks. Smoking is also really bad for the lungs because it kills the cilia. Smoking weed, vaping, or any other intake of smoke isn’t better either. This kills the cilia and makes you more prone to every lung disease. Protect yourself by not smoking.

Keep trying! It often takes six or seven tries before you quit for good. Some ways to increase your chances to quit smoking are:

  • Talk to a health-care provider for help.
  • Join a quit-smoking program. Your workplace or health plan may offer one.

Among other problems, sexually transmitted infections – like human papillomavirus (HPV) – are linked to a number of different cancers. Protecting yourself from these infections can lower your risk. Aside from not having sex, the best protection is to be in a committed, monogamous relationship with someone who does not have a sexually transmitted infection. For all other situations, be sure to always use a condom and follow other safe-sex practices.

 

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