Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease is the leading cause of death in the world and is the number one killer of women. According to the CDC, Heart Disease accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States, that’s approximately 610,000 deaths every year.
Coronary Artery Disease is the most prevalent type of Heart Disease and is caused by a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels leading to the heart. Therefore, the blood supply to the heart is hindered which can lead to conditions such as heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), chest pain (angina), heart attack (myocardial infarction), and stroke, just to name a few. Some signs and symptoms of Heart Disease are unexplainable tiredness and sweating, indigestion, nausea, chest pain, fluttering in your chest, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, and pain in your jaw or neck that spreads to your arm.
Some people are born with Heart Disease known as congenital heart defects while others acquire this condition as a result of having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Heart disease can also be hereditary so it’s always good to know your family health history. Aside from women other people who are prone to developing Heart Disease are the elderly, overweight, those who have a poor diet, have high levels of stress, heavy drinkers and smokers.
Have A Happy Heart
Having a regular exercise routine, drinking in moderation, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, doing stress relieving exercises (yoga, therapy, deep breathing, knowing and avoiding your triggers), getting regular checkups to monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure and eating healthy are just some ways to decrease your risk of Heart Disease.
Foods you can eat that will make your heart smile
Whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, whole oats, barley), legumes (beans and peas), nuts (peanuts, pistachios), and seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds).
The 2019 Atlanta Heart Walk will take place on September 28, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center (Yellow Lot). To participate or donate click the link below:
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