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How to improve your cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease

For a lot of us, the prevention of heart disease revolves around the way in which we live our lives, including the foods we consume and the activities we take part in. Cardiovascular health, effectively the health of your heart, is obviously one of the most important parts of our bodies to take care of.

While medication can be effective in improving cardiovascular health, it should always be taken in conjunction with better lifestyle choices. Let’s take a look at the many natural lifestyle changes you can make to improve your cardiovascular health.

These healthy changes in your lifestyle can:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease dramatically
  • Make plaques in arteries more stable so they are less able to burst and cause blood clots, leading to heart attack
  • Can reverse the progress of atherosclerosis or coronary heart disease

Be more active

The most common method of improving cardiovascular health is from exercising the heart and living an active lifestyle. In hundreds of studies around the world regular physical activity has been shown to have remarkable health benefits both long and short term.

Being more active can:

  • Keep weight under control
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Improve fat to muscle ratio
  • Lower blood sugar and reduce risk of diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of some cancers
  • Improve sleep
  • Make you less stressed
  • Improve overall longevity

There are 3 main types of exercise that a great for cardiovascular health.

  1. Aerobic

30 minutes to 90 minutes of moderate workouts with high intensity mixed in

 

  1. Resistance

2 to 3 sessions of full body resistance a week

 

  1. Flexibility

Daily stretching exercises

Lose weight

Obesity is heavily linked to cardiovascular disease alongside several other health complications. Overweight people have a larger build-up of plaque in their arteries and are thus more at risk of heart attack.

Even those people with otherwise skinny bodies but have pot bellies are at a greater risk of early death then those without. The fatter you are, the easier it is for the body to add more.

Therefore losing weight, especially for morbidly obese people is a significant challenge but is the only way to ensure a longer life. The more heavy you are the more your heart needs to work overtime and this ages it very quickly.

Stop smoking

The only thing worse for your body than being overweight is being overweight and smoking. Whether its cigarettes or something else, combustion products from smoking and the chemicals in tobacco wreak havoc on the cardiovascular system.