A Few Tips on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Although cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death today, there are measures which can be taken for cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Some may think that since they are already smoking, it would be too late to quit anyhow. What they don’t know is that the risk of heart disease dramatically decreases within one year after quitting
  • Stick to a diet which is heart healthy. Avoid saturated fat and trans fat prepared foods as these will increase the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • An accepted fat, a polyunsaturated fat, is omega-3 fatty acids which are found in some fish. Omega-3 is also found in supplemental form for cardiovascular support
  • For optimal cardiovascular disease prevention, be conscientious of your diet and activity level


Although cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death today, there are measures which can be taken for cardiovascular disease prevention. There are some risk factors which cannot be changed like a family history of heart disease. However, even if immediate family members have suffered with cardiovascular disease, it doesn’t have to be your death sentence. With some cardiovascular care, including a few simple life changes and perhaps even additional help from supplements which provide cardiovascular support, heart disease may never affect you.

The most obvious life change, and probably the most difficult, would be to give up smoking and the use of any tobacco products. Although we have all heard the relentless warnings about smoking and its risk of cancer and heart disease, many simply choose to continue their dangerous habit. What many do not realize, however, is that tobacco contains over 4,800 chemicals which are the very chemicals leading to life threatening diseases, especially cardiovascular disease. Some may think that since they are already smoking, it would be too late to quit anyhow. What they don’t know is that the risk of heart disease dramatically decreases within one year after quitting. When kicking the habit, you will immediately begin feeling the benefits.

Physical activity is an important factor to cardiovascular care. Such activity controls weight and reduces the possibility of other conditions which are stressful to the heart. Blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol are all controlled more efficiently when exercise is incorporated into a daily plan. Whether briskly walking through the neighborhood or cleaning house and gardening, these are activities which get the body moving and the heart pumping.

Stick to a diet which is heart healthy. Avoid saturated fat and trans fat prepared foods as these will increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Besides eating foods low in fat, cholesterol, and salt, it is advised that a diet should be rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products which are low fat. Fried foods should be avoided. Fats used for frying are saturated and raise bad cholesterol while lowering the good cholesterol. An accepted fat, a polyunsaturated fat, is omega-3 fatty acids which are found in some fish. Omega-3 is also found in supplemental form for cardiovascular support. Steer clear of high sugar snacks and bakery products as well. If drinking alcohol, consume in moderation.

An increase of weight will lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, all conditions which elevate the risk of heart disease. If following a heart healthy diet, your weight will be controlled. Calculate your body mass index, or BMI, which determines your percentage of body fat. If the BMI is 25 or more, you can be sure there are higher blood fats in the body which can lead to heart disease or stroke. If overweight, follow an appropriate diet. Once your weight is at a healthy level, maintain that weight with a continuation of healthy food and physical activity.

For optimal cardiovascular disease prevention, be conscientious of your diet and activity level. If smoking is your addiction, do your best to kick the habit. Regular checkups and health screenings for cholesterol and blood pressure will keep your health under control.

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 12:21 pm and is filed under Cardiovascular Health.

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