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Ruining Your Heart Health – Part 1

November 2, 2011

While you have no control over certain risk factors of heart disease, such as old age and genetic influence, there are still many things that you can do to keep heart problems at bay. You may have certain unhealthy habits that can increase your risk of heart disease, and you should try your best to prevent them from ruining your heart.

Here are a number of things that you should not do if you want to have a healthy heart:

1) Let your blood pressure get out of hand

Check your blood pressure for good heart healthOne sure way to ruin your heart is to let your blood pressure stay elevated and untreated. When your blood pressure is high, your heart needs to work harder. Over time, it will become over-exhausted and less efficient. High blood pressure can harden your arteries and increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, and other conditions. This condition usually does not have evident symptoms, but it is not difficult to diagnose. You can find out whether you are suffering from high blood pressure or not by using a home blood pressure monitor. If your blood pressure is too high, you can treat it with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and medication.

2) Ignore your growing waistline

If you are gaining weight, you should do something about it. Excessive fat can cause metabolic syndrome, a condition that is characterized by inflammation, hardened arteries, and insulin resistance, and can contribute to the development of heart disease and diabetes. Being overweight can make you twice as vulnerable to heart disease, and you should double your efforts to trim your waistline. You can reduce weight by maintaining a diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Include more heart healthy foods in your diet, such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

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