Heart problem is one of the most traitorous illnesses of a person because even if you look good and physically fit, you can still have a sudden heart attack. Eating right and having an active lifestyle may not be even enough to counter the risk of having a heart problem. More so, if heart-related ailments are in your lineage, you have the higher risk to develop this kind of illness. This infographic will help in preventing the onset of a heart disease or at least minimize the risk.
1. The statin is one of the most used medications for heart problems if healthy diet and exercise are not enough. However, as it is also a drug, risks, and benefits should be properly weighed to avoid side effects such as muscle pains. Though it is proven to be very safe, there are rare cases when muscles break down and liver enzymes increase.
2. One thing that everybody fears about it a silent heart attack. Why is it called silent anyway? Is this because there are no signs of it? To avoid experiencing it, go for stress test and echocardiogram from time to time. This will allow you to monitor your coronary arteries. This could happen more often with people who have a sedentary lifestyle.
3. What if heart problems run in the blood? Could you still get away from this fate? What you can do is to have timely checkups with the cardiologist especially when the child reaches post-adolescent period. If you fear that the child would experience the same heart attack like his father, you must check if the cause of death was myocardial infarction or heart attack.
4. Some parents would be lenient towards the heart condition of their child because they are young. Unfortunately, this should not be the case because there are instances when the high-level cholesterol already builds up as early as 12 years old. But, it is not recommended that the child would be exposed to statin. Instead, look for alternative options such as increasing the child’s activities and focusing more on giving her healthy foods.
5. Sitting too long does not directly cause the heart problem of the person. However, sitting too long more often could already be equivalent to a sedentary lifestyle. If you don’t burn calories, cholesterol will build up and weight will increase. This could lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. So, be more active in your daily life.
6. Turn to Vitamin C. According to research, Vitamin C helps in protecting the arteries from damages and preventing the hardening of the arteries also known as atherosclerosis. For women, 75 mg of Vitamin C is recommended while men need 90 mg per day.
7. Prefer foods that are rich in vitamin B-12 because it can neutralize the level of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is amino acids that are linked to heart diseases. Having high levels of amino acids will increase the risk of having a coronary artery disease and develop a stroke.
8. Lastly, avoid eating foods that are highly saturated fats and trans fats.
Download this infographic.