Do you have a healthy Heart? Could you be at risk of a heart attack or stroke?
According to The Heart Foundation, “Cardiovascular Disease is a major cause of death in Australia, with 43,603 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2013. Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.”
Cardiovascular disease is heart attack, stroke and blood vessel diseases.
The figures are staggering and despite the education we are still not taking the time or making the effort to live healthier lifestyles.
Cardiovascular disease is dear to my heart (no pun intended) As my Dad suffered a couple of heart attacks in his 40′ and in 2000, my husband suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency triple by-pass surgery. It was a scary time for both of us and definitely a wake up call for him to quit smoking and seriously look at our lifestyle.
The good news is that in 2016 he is fitter than he has been for many years, eats a nutritious and healthy diet plus works out with a PT twice a week.
Unfortunately, for some they don’t heed the warning and this year during Healthy Heart Week (May 1 – 7) the emphasis is on ensuring those who have had a heart attack to make sure they complete a cardiac rehabilitation program. Some who have had heart attacks are unable to return to work or keep up with grandchildren or lead active lives, however by completing a cardiac rehabilitation program it can help them improve their quality of life and also may help to avoid future heart problems.
What is a cardiac rehabilitation program?
A cardiac rehabilitation program helps those who have suffered a heart attack to recover and get back to normal activities in life. It provides advice on how to make changes to a healthier lifestyle, prevent future problems and also connect with others who are in a similar situation.
Recovering from a heart attack is not just a physical recovery but also a mental recovery as self-confidence is low and fear can also take over.
So what can you do to give yourself the best chance to avoid a heart attack?
10 ways to improve heart health – how many can you tick off?
- Regular Exercise
- Diet – cut down on saturated fats and avoid trans fats
- Reduce Stress
- Quit Smoking
- Check your Blood Pressure regularly
- Check your cholesterol levels
- Know your family history – have any of your family suffered from heart disease?
- Look after your mental health
- Limit alcohol
- Maintain a healthy weight range
Of course, even fit and healthy people can sometimes suffer a heart attack, however by incorporating these 10 tips into your lifestyle you will at least be on the right track to try and avoid one.You owe it to yourself and your family to consciously try to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.Click To Tweet