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Heart is a sensitive part of the body and it is important for everyone to take good care of it, for preventing any possible heart diseases approaching you. Its time to say, prevention is better than cure. Hence, check out some of the normal tips on taking care of your heart.

Cardiovascular disease is any disease affecting the heart or blood vessels, including arteriosclerosis, heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, hypertension, shock, endocarditic and congenital heart disease.

Cardiology is the study of treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. As well as preventative  measures, cardiology also related to the general subject of heart care.
 

Can Cardiovascular Diseases Be Avoided?

Cardiovascular disease prevention is not difficult. It is mainly a matter of common sense and making the right lifestyle choices. It may not ensure your heart remains healthy for the rest of your life, but it will definitely increases the chances that it will do so. It is impossible to ensure that you never have heart disease in the future, but it is possible to reduce your risk of having heart problems. Heart disease more likely to affect people whose lifestyle places a greater burden on their heart, than who are living healthily and taking all the preventative measures. In todays lifestyle, many people have factors in their life which increases the risk of heart disease in the future. By eliminating these factors you can decreases the risk.
 

Tips for Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases

There has been a lot of research in cardiovascular disease prevention. This research has identified certain risk factors and preventative measures that people can take to reduce their chance of getting a heart disease.

Advanced heart care is not difficult or very involved. It is more a matter of making healthy lifestyle choices. Here are some heart care tips.

 

Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.

Limit your intake of fats and increase your intake of low-fat foods. Eat a lot of fruit, vegetables and whole grain. Avoid or limit your intake of margarine, take-aways, high fat dairy products and pastries. If you find it difficult to follow a healthy eating plan, trying talking to a nutritionist.

Monitor your cholesterol levels.

Ask your doctor to check your cholesterol levels, to ensure that there is the right balance between LDL and HDL levels. LDL (or bad cholesterol) levels need to be kept low. HDL (or good cholesterol) should be higher.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Talk to your doctor about losing weight if you are obese and find it difficult to lose the weight needed. Obesity and cardiovascular disease often are linked together as the excess weight carried by a person places an extra burden on the heart. Most people can lose weight successfully by implementing healthy eating habits and exercising regularly.

Exercise regularly.

Most people suggest at least 40 minutes three to four times a week. Start slowly if you are not used to exercising and increase it as your fitness improves. If you have any serious medical problems, or are very overweight, you should consult a doctor first. Do not rush into a heavy exercise schedule.

Have your blood pressure checked regularly.

If medication is needed to control high blood pressure, make sure you take the medication and follow any other suggestions given to you by your doctor.

Keep your diabetes under control.

Take any medication and follow any recommendations of the doctor if you have diabetes. You should also have your blood sugar levels checked regularly if you suspect you may have diabetes or if you have a family history of diabetes. People with diabetes have a greater chance of getting heart disease.


 
Methods That Help In Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Quit smoking.

Smokers have a greater chance of having a heart attack than non-smokers. They are also more likely to contract other smoking-related diseases. Nicotine patches and other quitting aids are available for people who find it hard to quit.

Have regular medical check-ups.

Your doctor will be able to monitor blood pressure levels and cholesterol levels if necessary. Make sure you tell your doctor about any symptoms you have experienced that may be related to heart disease. You should also inform your doctor of your family medical history, particularly if there is a history of heart attacks or other heart diseases. A check-up may also involve a cardiology stress test, which tests the effect of exercise on the patient. It is useful in screening for coronary artery disease.

Do not take chances with chest pains.

If you have any chest pain, you should see a doctor or go to the hospital immediately, unless you know exactly what has caused the chest pain. Many people ignore chest pains that turn out to be far more serious than they thought. On many occasions, ignored chest pains have led to a fatal heart attack. Even if the chest pain is not the onset of a heart attack or other serious health problem, medical staff will be able to assess your condition using cardiology equipment and provide you with the right treatment.

 
Good News Vs. Bad News  

The bad news about cardiovascular diseases is that it can be very serious and can cause major health problems, including death from a heart attack.

 
The good news is that most people can greatly reduce their chance of developing cardiovascular disease and possibly avoid it all together by following a healthy heart care lifestyle.

   
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