February is always known as the month of love. Commercials are urging their audiences to buy gifts for their loved ones. Children cannot wait to handout cards with their favorite characters to their classmates. Candy stores are full of heart shaped goodies ready to be consumed. What is more important than candy hearts, are the hearts inside of one’s body.
In this article, the number one killer of the nation will be discussed in detail as well as ways one may prevent this disease and signs and symptoms to monitor.
Heart disease, as stated above is the number one killer in the nation. What exactly does that mean? Well, according to the CDC 610,000 people died in 2015 of this disease alone. Just to give a general picture of how deadly serious heart disease is, because numbers often fail to represent in our mind, the CDC also provided a list of the top ten most common ways to die in America.
1. Heart Disease
3. Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
6. Alzheimer’s Disease
8. Influenza and Pneumonia
9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis
Before each person goes to bed, they lock their doors. When driving, people where a seat belt. The number one killer in America is a nutritional related illness, meaning one’s diet has a major impact on its development, why not protect yourself?
Heart Disease is a scary topic but it is best to gather a deeper understanding before running away in an existential crisis type of despair. So, what is heart disease?
For many, this may come as a shock, but heart disease is an umbrella term for a condition that affects the heart. There are many types of heart disease such as; Coronary artery disease, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), a heart attack, Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), irregular heartbeat (Atrial fibrillation), Heart Valve Disease, Sudden Cardiac Death, Congenital Heart Disease, Enlarged Heart (Cardiomegaly), Heart Muscle Disease (Cardiomyopathy), Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive Cardiomyopathy, Pericarditis, Pericardial Effusion, Marfan Syndrome, and Heart Murmurs.
However, through that long list, the first of which will be the main focus. Coronary Artery Disease occurs when the plaque in one’s coronary arteries builds up. This is called atherosclerosis. This build up leads to blockage, which then restricts blood flow to the heart. You don’t need a PhD to figure out what can go wrong there.
There are ways to decrease the likelihood of developing heart disease. Of course, this not include the types of heart disease that are present at birth.
Avoiding smoking, unhealthy foods and other unhealthy behaviors are general rules of healthy living. Fatty, processed, and food containing a lot of cholesterol are all factors that can increase your likelihood of developing this illness. Keep track of your daily caloric intake as well as your macronutrients. Macronutrients are fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Exercise is also important. Staying active, is great for one’s overall health and well-being. Cardiovascular exercise is important and helpful but so is weight training. The combination of weight training and cardiovascular training is called cross training. It has been more beneficial for weight loss and conditioning.
See your doctor regularly. If you have been experiencing rapid weight loss or gain, fatigue, thirst, and heaviness on chest when laying down. Bring up every question you may have.
Heart disease is serious. Please take care of your body, it is the only one you will ever receive.