When you hear it or read it what really do you think? I’m okay, I’m young I have many years before this concerns me, I’m already on medication for my heart, I only have blood pressure problems my heart is okay. If you have thought any of the above, WELL, it’s time for a bit of heart education.
Before I begin let me share a few tips that will assist you in contributing to a healthy heart.
- Regular check ups with your PCP no less than yearly.
- If you’re a caffeine person, start decreasing that consumption. Caffeine increases the heart rate and it dehydrates. Dehydration can alter that potassium and sodium balance. These two have an active role in the heart pump.
- ‘Nutrition and that does not mean a diet, it’s just that, nutrition. Be aware of what you eat, decrease the fats. Note I said decrease because there are fats that are healthy also no need to starve yourself.
- Increase your veggie consumption
- Workout. Yep workout, stop using age, weight and those other 100 excuses. You slowly increase any workout once you start, just start. What workouts? You know where you should start, but if you need help in deciding, let’s chat. You can fill out contact on the blog, DM on FB or IG.
- Dental hygiene, brush, floss and dental visits
- Are you a smoker? Decrease the smokes, speak to your MD about gums and patches. Oh yeah remember neither of the 2 works overnight.
- REMEMBER, you are important and loved so contribute to YOUR healthy heart.
Now lets address a few things -being young is great but remember you’ve been eating and lounging for a few years all adding up and contributing to your heart. Heart abnormality doesn’t affect us by age although the older we get and continuing unhealthy behavior does add up.
On medication, yeah for that MD but how about helping the medication with a few changes. Who knows a change in lifestyle may decrease the dosage of meds.
Blood pressure meds not labeled as heart meds but it does regulate the pressure in the heart, the opening and closing of heart valves for blood flow, okay you get it. Yep changes can be made.
Even in adjusting your lifestyle NEVER stop your medication without discussing with your MD. Also there are other health issues that can contribute to heart abnormality so ALWAYS discuss with your MD for changes that YOU know can increase a medical problem. Once you get that Ok then start implementing the changes, hold your head high and get that proud of me walk on why? , because you are now a proud member of the American Heart Healthy Life.