Heart disease is a major problem in the US. Nearly 715,000 Americans have heart attacks each year and about 600,000 people die as a result of
their heart attack. That’s 1 out of every 4 deaths - and heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women.
What exactly is heart disease? Heart disease refers to many kinds of heart conditions. Coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery
disease, is the most common type in the U.S. It is caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Heart
attacks, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) are caused by coronary heart disease.
You may not realize it, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that cardiovascular disease (including heart disease
and stroke) costs the U.S. about $31.2 billion each year in health care services, lost productivity and medicine. It is also a leading cause
of disability which keeps American out of work and not able to enjoy life to the fullest.
There is good news, however. We know that heart disease can be prevented and controlled. Small steps each day create better heart health.
Here are the top things recommended by the CDC for a healthy heart:
- Eat Healthy - Healthy meal and snack choices can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables - adults need 5 servings every day. Help prevent high cholesterol by eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol, and choosing foods high in fiber. We recommend the Mediterranean diet.
- Exercise regularly - You don’t have to spend hours at the gym, but you do need to engage in some sort of physical activity. It helps you maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure and can be fun. Shoot for moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week. Walking is a great choice!
- Maintain a Healthy Weight - Carrying those extra pounds increases your risk for heart disease. If you are at a healthy weight, take steps to maintain it. If you need to lose pounds and inches, make a plan to do so - and you can get started with Dr. Dhutia’s comprehensive Lipo-Light therapy program that includes healthy diet tips, a comprehensive evaluation, a tailored plan and Lipo-Light therapy to permanently get rid of inches fast.
- Know Your Numbers - High blood pressure often has no symptoms and high cholesterol is a killer. You can check your blood pressure at home, a doctor’s office or even your local drug store. Talk with your doctor about the simple blood test to check your cholesterol levels - and get it checked at least once every five years.
- Limit Alcohol - Drinking too much alcohol can increase your blood pressure (and cause other problems). Men, stick to no more than two drinks a day and ladies, no more than one.
- Don’t Smoke- Did you know that smoking cigarettes significantly increases your risk for heart disease? If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do, quit as soon as possible. It’s as simple as that.
- Manage Your Diabetes - If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you and closely monitor your blood sugar levels.
- Take Your Medicine - Be smart. If you’re taking meds to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, carefully follow your doctor’s instructions. If you don’t understand something, ask questions until you get the answers you need. We’re talking about your health.