By Pharm. Amadi Cynthia N.
It is extremely necessary to take care of one’s heart in order to live. Stress is one of the biggest factors that affects heart health, food and lifestyle are others.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) reports, 31% of total deaths globally are due to cardiovascular diseases such as:
- Coronary heart disease which is restriction of blood flow and oxygen concentration reduction in the heart cells due to clogging of the arteries.
- Arrhythmia :irregular heart beat.
- Heart failure :occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to aid oxygen and nutrients supply to body tissues causing muscles to overwork and weaken.
Risk factors that can predispose one to cardiovascular diseases includes : tobacco use, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol, stress, inadequate physical activity and others. Stress, anxiety and depression can be managed with daily meditation for at least 5 to 10 minutes. This increases coping skills, motivation, planning and problem solving.
Physiological predisposing factors include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high blood cholesterol, these can trigger heart related diseases. These can be checked by keeping the blood pressure controlled by limiting alcohol, no smoking, regular exercise, stress management, healthy diet ( stay off processed and packaged snacks, excess salt, energy drinks, limit sugar intake, fast food e.t.c)
Millions of people are trying to control these risk factors that lead to cardiovascular diseases whereas a whole lot of people are still unaware of the potential risks they face.
Cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart attack can be prevented through regular health checks including weight, blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring, diet monitoring, exercise, up to 8hours sleep daily and lifestyle modifications.
To protect your heart is to improve the quality and quantity of your life.
Visit a community Pharmacy close to you today to check your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and for proper counseling. Save your heart from heart disease today.