February is American Heart Month, and it’s important to understand the benefits of living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is a term that describes several different problems associated with plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. Heart disease can be hereditary or caused by an unhealthy lifetime.
Simple tweaks in your lifestyle can help prevent heart disease in both men and women. It starts with being more conscious of your daily activities and altering them to make them healthier. The AHA has come up with 7 steps that can drastically improve both your heart muscle and quality of life
- Don’t smoke
- Establish and maintain a healthy weight
- Regularly engage in physical activity
- Eat a healthy diet
- Manage blood pressure
- Maintain a healthy cholesterol level
- Keep blood sugar at healthy levels
Take the time to insure that you and practicing a heart-healthy lifestyle. Instill healthy values in children early to avoid childhood obesity and heart disease. Get annual check-ups and be aware of your own health.
For more information on heart disease, visit the American Heart Associate at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.