Do you really want to risk heart disease?
There are many factors that could put you at risk of developing heart disease. Some of these factors you can control, and others you can't.
Instead of worrying about the things you can't change, concentrate on the things you can, and you will greatly reduce the risk of heart disease ending your life prematurely.
Heart disease is the number one cause of heart attacks. About 40 percent of heart attacks are fatal.
The majority of those who die from a heart attack never even make it to the hospital. A massive cardiac arrest will kill you before you hit the floor. It really is that sudden.
Risk factors you can't control include:
Your lifestyle plays a big role in your health. Changing bad habits can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease.
Factors you can control include:
Quitting smoking is not easy, but once you do, making the others changes will come naturally, especially if you know you risk heart disease without making these changes.
It's hard to get enough exercise when you smoke because you are always out of energy. Eating right is also difficult because food doesn't taste as good, so you will be more likely to grab a sugary snack instead of eating a well-balanced meal. Or you might choose salty snacks which will raise your blood pressure.
Both types of snacks will increase your body weight and raise the level of bad cholesterol.
Once you are eating right and getting regular exercise, your cholesterol levels, diabetes and weight will be much easier to manage.
Stress often leads to explosive anger. This spike in emotions is often linked to high blood pressure, and is considered a big risk factor for heart disease. Why risk heart disease because of stress?
Life is not always easy. It is nearly impossible to have a life without any stress. But the more you can do to reduce the stress, or how you handle it, the less you will be at risk.
Taking long walks, exercising, yoga and meditation are all great ways to relieve your mind and body of stress. You should try to set aside at least one hour per day, just for you. Do whatever makes you happy.
This might seem impossible, because you probably feel like there already aren't enough hours in the day to do all of the things you have to do, never mind the things you want to do.
But if you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, then you really should try.
Your family will understand. They want you around as long as possible. They will have to make allowances for your needs.
If you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, then they will be more than happy to do anything possible to help you keep the disease under control.
How you handle stress is also very important. Some people are naturally calm, but if you get irritated easily, then you have to learn how to get yourself "down" before you lose control.
Many people count to ten, some have a special calming phrase they repeat in their head – find something that works for you.
Living a healthy, stress-free lifestyle is possible, it just takes a little bit of practice. The sooner you make a few changes in your life, the sooner you will start to reduce your risk of heart disease.