The statistics on heart disease in the United States are staggering. In a 2014 survey, 27.6 million people in the U.S. reported having a diagnosed heart disease. This was 11% of adults surveyed. Heart disease is also the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, with 1 in 4 deaths attributed to heart disease.
Heart attacks occur when there is a restricted flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart. In most cases, plaque build-up in the arteries is the cause of reduced blood flow. Without prompt medical treatment while experiencing a heart attack, this restricted blood flow causes a portion of the heart muscle to be damaged and begin to deteriorate, which may cause severe and long-lasting health problems. Most heart attacks occur as a result of coronary heart disease (CHD).
Reducing your chances of developing heart disease is key to lessening the likelihood of a life-threatening heart attack.
Several factors have been found to heighten your heart attack risk. These factors include age, health, lifestyle, family history and hereditary predispositions. The following are major factors that have been linked to a higher risk of heart attack.
There are several measures that are recommended in order to prevent heart disease and lower your chances of experiencing a heart attack. Below are a few simple strategies you can begin to incorporate into your life, and the lives of your loved ones, to help fend off heart disease and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
A consistently unhealthy diet, rich in saturated and trans fats and sodium, can lead to high blood cholesterol levels, and increase your chances of developing diabetes and high blood pressure. Instead, reduce your consumption of unhealthy fats and sodium, opting for a healthier diet, rich in nutrients and whole grains. The Paleo diet, heavy on protein and healthy fats and low on carbohydrates, is increasingly popular with fitness experts and athletes. Following a Paleo diet can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, assist with weight maintenance, help build lean muscle mass and improve your overall health.
Not getting enough aerobic exercise and physical activity often contributes to higher blood cholesterol levels and increases your risk of obesity, which can both increase your chances of heart disease and heart attack. Regular aerobic exercise helps promote healthy blood pressure, cholesterol levels and a healthy heart!
Alcohol abuse, drug abuse and smoking can drastically increase your chances of heart disease and heart attack. Smoking, as well as long-term exposure to second-hand smoke, can increase your risk of heart attack. The use of illegal drugs, such as stimulant drugs like cocaine or amphetamines, can increase your risk of heart attack. These drugs can trigger spasms of the coronary arteries, which can lead to a heart attack.
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In the nearly 8 years that my wife and I have lived in Colorado Springs, never have we seen the amount of road construction currently taking place. Whether it’s a main road or side street, there’s no part of town missing out on the “fun”. And it’s not just re-paving or patching potholes. Whole lanes are being ripped up with miles of digging in order to replace underground pipes of all varieties.
At first, I thought all the “weed” sales (pot is legal in Colorado) might be producing the influx of tax funds for all this construction. But a running buddy of mine made me aware of a bill that had passed in the last couple years which freed up an enormous amount of funds for these projects.
Turns out the city has a certain amount of time to spend the money. Based on the number of orange cones and “ROAD WORK AHEAD” signs, it looks as though no penny is being spared.
Millions of people are about to be disappointed –– they don’t even realize it.
Maybe you’re one of them.
Right now, around the world, people are setting new ambitious health goals and resolutions.
And yet, according to Inc Magazine, approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. Most of them buried in an unmarked early grave by February.
Why is that?
How is it that despite all our best intentions and genuine desire to live healthier and be fitter, the most we can hope for is a depressing 20% success rate?
So to help you kickstart your New Year with a healthy lifestyle we are going to breakdown why most goals and resolutions fail and what to do instead.