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Heart Disease New Jersey: Protect Yourself from a Leading Cause of Death

Posted by floriza in Cardiology

Heart disease is a common cause of death in the United States. Heart disease is the medical term for the blocking of the arteries leading to the heart. Over time, the arteries of the heart can become clogged up with fat. This is known as atherosclerosis. When the arteries become clogged up in this way, blood is unable to flow through them with ease. This can cause chest pains, known as angina. If one of the main arteries to your heart becomes completely blocked up, blood will be unable to flow through it at all and this can cause a heart attack. A heart attack can be fatal.

Millions of people are thought to be living with heart disease New Jersey. Heart disease New Jersey affects more men than women and is more likely to develop with age. The good news is that, through lifestyle modifications, you can protect yourself against heart disease, regardless of your age. If you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, a few lifestyle modifications can help you to reduce your risk of suffering from further heart-related medical issues.

There are several ways in which you can help yourself to reduce your risk of developing heart disease New Jersey. These include reducing your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Consume a Healthy Diet

A diet low in fat yet high in fiber is essential to protect yourself from heart disease New Jersey. Your diet should include an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains. You should reduce your salt intake and should refrain from adding salt to your food.

You should refrain from consuming foods containing saturated fats. These foods will raise your cholesterol levels. Foods high in saturated fats include hard cheese, processed foods such as cakes, fatty cuts of meat, butter, lard and cream.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise can help you to maintain a healthy weight for your height. Regular exercise will also help your heart to work more efficiently.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

The practice will be able to help you to work out your ideal weight in relation to your height and build. Make an appointment with the practice if you are concerned about your weight. 

Quit Smoking

If you smoke, you are effectively increasing your risk of developing Heart Disease New Jersey. Research has shown that you will be better able to quit smoking if you approach the practice for help. The practice runs regular cigarette smoking cessation clinics.

Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

If you consume alcohol, ensure that you do not exceed the recommended guidelines. You should speak to a member of the healthcare team at the practice if you are concerned about your drinking.  

Control Your Blood Pressure

Ensure that you keep your blood pressure under control by consuming a healthy diet, exercising frequently and taking any medications prescribed by the practice. You should have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If you are concerned about your blood pressure, call into the practice to make an appointment to have your blood pressure checked.

Control Your Blood Glucose Levels

If you have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you are at a greater risk of developing Heart Disease New Jersey. You can reduce your chances of developing heart disease by keeping your blood glucose levels under control. If you have diabetes, ensure that you visit the practice for regular check-ups.

 

 

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