Heart Health Tips - Weekly 21st Week 2015


It is estimated that 80 percent of heart disease deaths can be prevented. Making a few lifestyle changes can greatly improve your heart health. Below is a list of heart health tips:

Keep Your Blood Pressure Under Control

People who have high blood pressure are three times as likely to die from heart disease. They are also four times as likely to die of a stroke. Fortunately, there are many ways that blood pressure can be lowered. A healthy diet can help lower your blood pressure. Try to eat more fresh food and avoid processed foods as much as you can. Processed foods are usually high in sodium. Excessive sodium intake has been shown to cause blood pressure to increase.

If you are a smoker, then you can reduce your blood pressure by quitting. Smoking causes your heart to work harder. It also increases blood pressure by causing the blood vessels to constrict. Furthermore, if your doctor has put you on medication to help get your blood pressure under control, then you should take it as directed.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise benefits the heart in many ways. It helps prevent obesity. People who are obese are more likely to develop heart disease. The heart gets stronger with exercise. People who have been exercising for a while typically notice a decrease in their resting heart rate. If the heart is able to pump more efficiently, then it does not have to beat as fast.

One of the many great things about exercise is that you do not have to do it for hours a day to notice the benefits. In fact, you can maintain your body weight and reap major benefits by exercising just 30 minutes per day. Consistency will help you get the most out of your workouts. It is also a good idea to choose workouts that you like.

Furthermore, it is important for you to try to move regularly throughout the day. Studies have shown that sitting for a long time can have an adverse effect on a person's health even if he or she exercises.

Have Some Salsa

Salsa not only goes great with fresh veggies and chips, but it can also help protect your heart. You may want to add some beans and jalapenos to your salsa. The beans will add fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. The jalapenos can help boost your metabolism.