Heart disease claims the lives of about 1 million Americans every year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. You’re never too young- or too old –  to take care of your heart.

Every year, about 1 million people in U.S. die from heart disease, the number one cause of death in both women and men. The most common heart disease form is CAD, coronary artery disease, which can cause a heart attack.

About 920,000 people in U.S. will have a heart attack only this year, and nearly half of them will happen suddenly without any warning symptoms.

Blockage of the blood flow to a part of the heart results in heart attack. This usually happens because of plaque accumulation inside arteries (atherosclerosis), which can rupture and create a blood clot which blocks blood circulation.

If there’s not a quick clearing of the blockage, a part of the heart muscle will start dying and it’ll be substituted with scar tissue that can lead to serious problems later.

For example, a past heart attack is potential risk for sudden cardiac arrest which results from abnormal heart rhythms and can be lethal.

The heart attack usually happens when there isn’t any blood flowing to certain parts of your heart and the most common cause is artery blockage (plaque). The plaque is built up inside the arteries and it creates a blood clot which can block the blood flow.

THERE ARE THREE MAIN STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO HELP PREVENT A HEART ATTACK:
EXERCISE FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES ON MOST DAYS OF THE WEEK
 Getting some regular, daily exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease. And when you combine physical activity with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, the payoff is even greater.

Physical activity can help you control your weight and reduce your chances of developing other conditions that may put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

DON’T SMOKE OR EXPOSE YOURSELF TO SECOND-HAND SMOKE.

The evidence is overwhelming that cigarette smoking and second-hand exposure to smoke increases the risks of heart disease, lung disease, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke.

REDUCE STRESS

Stress contributes to cardiovascular disease and, if severe, can cause a heart attack or sudden death. There are plenty of options that help reduce stress, such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, striving for a good marriage, laughing, volunteering or attending religious services. Watching TV generally, does not relieve, but can aggravate stress. Also, try to avoid situations and people who make you anxious or angry.

 

 

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Heart disease claims the lives of about 1 million Americans every year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. You’re never too young- or too old –  to take care of your heart. Every year, about 1 million people in U.S. die from heart disease, the...