06 Mar You Are Important And So Is Your Heart!
Here at Enhance we believe in preventing health issues! One of the many health conditions we try to prevent is heart disease. This is why we carry out checks for diabetes, body mass index, waist circumference and high cholesterol that are linked to increasing risks of heart disease.
What do we mean exactly by heart disease?
There are different types of heart disease including heart failure, heart valve disease, abnormal heart beat (arrhythmia), congenital heart disease and coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is the most common type and refers to conditions that have blocked or narrowed our blood vessels. The narrowing of arteries can cause chest pain (angina), heart attacks or strokes.
What increases the risk of heart disease?
- Long term heavy drinking
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack of exercise
- Being overweight (check your BMI here)
What can I do to stop myself from getting heart disease?
There are many things that affect your chances of getting heart disease e.g. age, race and lifestyle but most are modifiable risk factors that you can improve by making healthy lifestyle choices. here some ideas:
- Maintain a healthy balanced diet
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
- Don’t smoke
- Manage your stress levels
- Stay a healthy weight
- Control your blood pressure (120/80 is ideal)
- Do regular exercise
- Get lots of sleep
- Manage your diabetes well
- Q-risk You can calculate your Qrisk here
If you would like support with any of these lifestyle factors mentioned above, book yourself for an Enhance Health Check and we can help you have ongoing support to reduce your chances of health conditions such as heart disease.
For more information visit: https://medlineplus.gov/howtopreventheartdisease.htm