Protect Your Heart

Keep your Vascular System Healthy

Your heart has always been there for you — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So, isn’t it time you started giving your heart and vascular system a little TLC? Your vascular system is your body’s network of blood vessels, carrying blood to and from the heart. When these blood vessels become clogged or damaged, your heart, brain and other body parts don’t get the blood they need. This can lead to heart attack, stroke and other health problems.

How is your vascular health? – Heart disease causes one in every three deaths in the U.S. Given the numbers, we all need to keep an eye on our heart health. But certain things make you more likely to develop heart disease.

  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Health problems that affect the heart and blood vessels, like high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. 
  • Smoking
  • History of heart disease in your family

Talk to your doctor about what you can do to protect your heart and vascular health. Here are some health foods for your heart > https://empress2inspire.blog/2020/07/26/heart-healthy-foods/

The good news – You can make yourself healthier and lower your chance of getting heart or vascular disease. Here’s how :

  • Stop smoking. It’s not easy, but you’re worth the effort. Tobacco products leave sticky plaque in your veins and arteries. They make it more likely you will have vascular problems. You don’t have to quit alone. Reach out to friends, family, doctors and support hotline resources for help.
  • Eat a healthy, low-fat diet and keep good cholesterol levels. Stock your fridge with fresh fruits and veggies, and low-fat or fat-free milk and cheese. Control your serving sizes, and read food labels carefully when shopping to avoid foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium or salt.
  • Workout regularly. This can help you to:
    — Control your weight.
    — Lower your chance of getting heart disease.
    — Raise your chances of living longer. For every hour you spend exercising, you can add another two hoursonto your life expectancy.

Making changes to your lifestyle can be tough. But these small changes can make life better for you and your family — by helping you to be there for the big moments.

Reference : https://file.anthem.com/MANSH4013ABS.pdf

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for this article! You cannot imagine how much it helps me.

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    1. GS says:

      A lack of sleep can do more than leave you yawning; it can harm your health. People who don’t get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression.

      Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep each night. Make sleep a priority in your life. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it by going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet, so it’s easier to sleep.

      If you feel like you’ve been getting enough sleep but you’re still tired throughout the day, ask your doctor if you need to be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that can increase your risk of heart disease. Signs of obstructive sleep apnea include loud snoring, stopping breathing for short times during sleep and waking up gasping for air. Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea may include losing weight if you’re overweight or using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device that keeps your airway open while you sleep.

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  2. SGR (learningthursdays.com) says:

    very relevant and small changes can help in the long term! Thank you!

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome

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  3. Change now before life gets worse

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    1. GS says:

      Regular, daily physical activity can lower your risk of heart disease. Physical activity helps you control your weight and reduce your chances of developing other conditions that may put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

      If you haven’t been active for a while, you may need to slowly work your way up to these goals, but in general, you should aim for at least:

      150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic exercise, such as walking at a brisk pace
      75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running
      Two or more strength training sessions a week
      Even shorter bouts of activity offer heart benefits, so if you can’t meet those guidelines, don’t give up. Just five minutes of moving can help, and activities such as gardening, housekeeping, taking the stairs and walking the dog all count toward your total. You don’t have to exercise strenuously to achieve benefits, but you can see bigger benefits by increasing the intensity, duration and frequency of your workouts.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog

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      1. Always happy to read and share great posts with followers, My Dear! Hope you have a great day!
        xoxox 😘💕🌹✨

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  4. Carol anne says:

    Awesome info here! Thanks for posting it! X

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome Carol. These are tips for healthy and long living.

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