Did you know that your heart beats about 115,000 times each day?
Your heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood daily to keep you alive and functioning. Not only this, but it also makes sure that the blood flows through your blood vessel system that, if stretched out, would extend over 60,000 miles.
Your heart works tirelessly for you, but what do you do in return?
Do you keep your heart as beloved as it does? You should because your heart is all that matters.
According to the World Health Organization, 17.9 million people lose their lives due to cardiovascular diseases every year, and 85% of these deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes.
These figures get even scarier when if you study the heart health-related problems in countries like China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. The data suggests that these countries have higher stroke mortality.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) may sound puzzling to most of the readers, but it is a general term used to describe issues affecting your heart or blood arteries. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a universal term, and it includes:
– Coronary Heart Disease (C.H.D)
– Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D)
– Aortic Disease
Causes of CVD
The majority of CVD are associated with behavioral risk factors caused by unhealthy diet, weight management and obesity, use of tobacco and drugs, lethargic lifestyle, and alcohol abuse.
Outlined below are the significant risk factors:
– Hypertension – higher blood pressure damages your blood vessels
– Physical inactivity – people with a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to CVD
– Cholesterol – higher cholesterol level narrows your arteries impacting blood flow
– Diabetes – increased sugar levels are harmful to your blood vessels
– Psychological stress – one of the main reasons of strokes worldwide
– Smoking – it makes the walls of your arteries sticky and damages your blood vessels
Improve your Heart Health
You can prevent heart-related diseases by making changes to your eating habits, diet planning, weight management, and improving physical activity.
Here are the steps that will help you prevent or reverse the problems:
– Say no to smoking
– Weight management
– Eat healthy – live better
– Move your muscles
– Bid farewell to stress
– Restrict alcohol consumption
– Go vegan – save your heart
Below we will discuss the impact and significance of these lifestyle changes and their connection with your heart-health in depth.