Lifestyle changes you can incorporate to prevent and control coronary heart disease
Coronary Artery Disease is one of the most common conditions that is affecting humans all around the globe today. It happens when the arteries are blocked as a result of plaque buildup which prevents blood from flowing through the body properly. These blood blocks, if not treated in time, can lead to a stroke or a heart attack. We live in a fast food world where priority to eating is not given utmost importance because people are too busy making a living and paying bills. Amidst the chaos, eating out and ordering takeout has become the norm. But, if you or a family member has Coronary Artery Disease, it might be time to take steps to control and prevent the condition from taking control. Here are some basic lifestyle changes you can make which are not difficult to inculcate and which will only lead you to a more wholesome, healthier life.
Cigarette smoke contains chemicals that impairs the functioning of the heart and the blood vessels. This increases your risk of atherosclerosis which is a condition where a waxy material called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. When combined with other unhealthy factors like high bad cholesterol levels, obesity and high blood pressure, smoking can seriously increase the chances of coronary artery disease. Chain smoking is the worst but even light or occasional smoking can damage the heart and blood vessels. Women who use birth control pills are at a higher risk of contracting coronary artery disease if they smoke. Secondhand smoke, which is the smoke that comes from the light end of the cigarette or pipe, can also be extremely harmful to the people sitting around the smoker. If you have younger children in your presence, then be cautious while smoking around them, especially if they have asthma.
Being overweight increases your chances of developing coronary artery disease along with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. If you already have coronary artery disease then it is likely that your healthcare specialist will suggest that you lose weight, if you are overweight, and if you are of the correct weight then he will ask you to maintain that weight steadily. The most noteworthy thing is that your waist-to hip ratio plays an important role in the development of all kinds of conditions. This means that the measurement of your waist to the measurement of your hips is drastically high then you are carrying a lot of weight around the abdomen area which is very dangerous for your health. Fat deposits around the tummy area is a major cause of concern because several illness arise from these deposits. Losing weight is not as big a challenge as many perceive it to be and it can be achieved by eating the right kinds of foods and including moderate to heavy exercise routines in your lifestyle. Don’t starve because it will only make you consume unhealthy food choices once you get hungry. Instead, opt for low-calorie foods that you can consume at regular intervals throughout the day.
Eating the right way is half the problem solved to eliminating the bad stuff in your body. Over the years, the body gets worn out with digesting and absorbing unhealthy foods. But, it is never too late to turn things around and include healthy foods in your life. This can reflect on the health of the entire family, if done together. First and foremost, the saturated and trans fat foods need to be reduced. Baked goodies, meat products, dairy, chocolate, deep fried stuff and processed foods contain saturated fats while trans fats are mostly found in deep fried goodies and processed foods. Both of these raise the level of bad cholesterol in your body and make your prone to coronary heart disease. However, these are good fats that are found in fish called omega-fatty acids and also in some oils like olive oil which helps in unclogging clogged arteries.
In addition to this, you have to intake a low-salt and low-sugar diet to manage your blood pressure and diabetes levels, respectively. Fiber should also become your new best friend and including a high fiber diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is recommended. A fiber-rich diet not only reduces your bad cholesterol but can also get your healthy to fight coronary artery disease.
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