Lifestyle changes for Prevention of Heart Disease
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes (DM) accounts for more than half of all deaths in the Philippines annually. Hypertension and diseases of the heart are among the top ten leading causes of illnesses each year. These diseases are collectively called “Lifestyle Diseases” which are brought about by generally unhealthy lifestyle.
Tips for a Healthier Heart
Eat foods low in saturated fats, trans fat and cholesterol. Increase fiber in diet and limit salt and sugar intake.
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. At least 30 minutes of regular physical activity every day helps to maintain cardiovascular fitness; at least 60 minutes on most days of the week helps to maintain a healthy weight.
Manage stress in healthy ways such as through meditation, appropriate physical exercises and positive social contact.
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Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. There is no safe amount of smoking. Smokers continue to increase their risk of heart attack the longer they smoke.
Limit alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol causes high blood pressure.
Prevent or treat medical conditions.
- Monitor blood pressure. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but is one of the biggest causes of sudden stroke or heart attack.
- Check cholesterol levels. Elevated results need to be controlled through healthy diet and medications if necessary.
- For Diabetics, it is important to control blood sugar and blood pressure to minimize risks.
- Take medications as directed by the doctor to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.
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