TOP Six Cardio Protective Habits
MANY cardiovascular problems are thought to be caused by the accumulation of fatty plaques on the lining of arteries (this is called atheroma). Some personal habits may affect one’s likelihood of developing atheroma. The following are 6 habits that can be adopted for optimum cardiovascular health:
1. Appropriate control of weight and waist size: Being overweight has been linked with increasing one’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease. It is thought that excess abdominal fat is most strongly associated with certain cardiovascular disease compared to surplus fat in the hips and thighs.
2. Staying physically fit: Engaging in physical exercise for atleast 30 minutes on over 4 days of the week has been associated with lowering one’s chances of developing certain cardiovascular diseases.
3. Eating well: Unhealthy eating may significantly raise cholesterol level and increase chances of becoming overweight; both of which increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Following health guidelines when it comes to eating habits is advisable. There is evidence to suggest that eating oily fish particularly protects against cardiovascular disease.
4. Consuming alcohol in moderation: Small or moderate intake of alcohol may decrease the likelihood of developing certain cardiovascular diseases. Sticking to drinking guidelines is thought to confer health benefits.
5. Curbing a smoking habit: Long-term smoking is thought to contribute to elevating one’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Tobacco smoke contains many chemicals which may be hazardous to health. Some of these substances may damage blood vessels and other parts of the cardiovascular system. Cutting down or stopping altogether may significantly reduce health risk.
6. Blood pressure monitoring: It is advisable to regularly check your blood pressure. Hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) may often go unnoticed. As time goes by this can wreak havoc on the cardiovascular system. Where high blood pressure exists drug therapy with statins is usually recommended.