What To Do If You Have Heart Disease
The heart is a very important muscle in the body. Therefore, it is important to keep the heart as healthy as possible. Since there isn’t one definite symptom that automatically diagnoses heart disease, you should tell your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of heart disease. Having heart disease is by no means the end of your life as you know it, in fact, it can be the beginning of a more enriched outlook on life. This can enable you to embrace a fresh and interesting start on something that you may have been putting off for a while, living in a way that makes you content.
You will first want to start with figuring out where you stand as far as your heart is concerned. If your doctor tells you that you have heart disease, it doesn’t mean that you are going to die. Because heart disease is an umbrella term for many diseases affecting the heart, you should speak with your doctor to learn what specific type of heart disease you have and how to manage you symptoms. Just because you may have been diagnosed with it, that does not mean that you can't live, as there are some ways for people with heart disease to manage their symptoms and live a full life. When coming up with these things, remember to be creative and don't be afraid to think outside of the box. Don't rush in to anything, you have plenty of time to come up with idea.
If you have heart disease and you smoke, the first thing that a doctor might tell you is to quit smoking. Using tobacco can increase the risk of a heart attack. It can lead to atherosclerosis, raise your blood pressure, and reduce the amount of oxygen blood vessels can carry. Secondhand smoke can also increase the risk of heart disease. It's best to try to quit and avoid smoking altogether (there are plenty of products available to help people to achieve this).
There are also certain foods you must stay away from if you have heart disease. Foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol can also increase your risk of atherosclerosis as well as raise blood cholesterol levels. Also stay away from foods high in sodium as it can raise your blood pressure. Alcohol is also bad for sufferers of heart disease since it increases blood pressure and your risk for atherosclerosis.
And finally, you should exercise. Exercise can have a positive effect on many risk factors including obesity, high triglycerides (which can cause atherosclerosis), raise your level of HDL cholesterol (this is the good kind of cholesterol…) while lowering LDL cholesterol (…and this is the bad kind), and even diabetes. Regularly exercising is also good for people who don’t have heart disease as this can lower the risk for it. Putting all of these elements to work together in sync will help you improve your heart, health and your much needed, overall well being.