Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

woman who is fitHeart disease is the single leading cause of death in the Unites States, England, Canada and Wales.  It accounts for 25.4% of the total number of deaths each year in the United States and is also a leading cause of disability.  Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and is the single leading cause of disability.  The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55, yet having a stroke can occur at any age.  Approximately one-quarter of all strokes occur in those under the age of 65.  While this is alarming, there are things we can do to lower our risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

  • Get exercise:  We have all heard this before but it has been shown that people who exercise regularly are more likely to improve their heart health and lower their risk of stroke.  A German study tested 100 men with either mild chest pain or angina.  The men were put into one of two groups, the first one rode stationary bikes for 20 minutes a day while the other underwent an angioplasty.  A year later, 21 men who had the angioplasty suffered heart attacks or strokes while only 6 men who rode their bikes had these problems.  Regular, moderate exercise also helps us lower high blood pressure, which is the single leading cause of strokes while strengthening the heart, which helps prevent heart disease.  Exercise also helps us maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of developing problems that can lead to heart disease and stroke, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Don’t smoke our use tobacco:  Smoking is one of the leading causes of both heart disease and stroke.  Tobacco use causes heart damage and narrowing of the blood vessels, which can lead to both heart attacks and strokes.  Women who smoke and take birth control pills significantly increase their risk of heart attacks and strokes.  The chemicals in cigarette smoke also increase blood pressure, raising these risks.  The good news is that, no matter how long a person has smoked, simply quitting smoking reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke within one year.
  • Eat a healthy diet:  We should strive for diets that are low in trans-fats and saturated fats while eating more dietary fiber and Omega3 fatty acids.  Foods that are high in trans-fats include many fast foods and deep-fried foods, chips, margarines and prepackaged snack foods.  Foods that are high in saturated fats include most processed foods.  These foods dramatically raise the risk of coronary artery disease and stroke by raising cholesterol levels.  Healthy foods that will help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and types of fish that are high in Omega3 fatty acids.  This can include albacore tuna, mackerel, salmon and lake trout.  Omega3fatty acids will, in particular, lower blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol.  They also protect against irregular heartbeats.

The Amino Diet is a low glycemic diet, which means it focuses primarily on maintaining normal or optimal blood sugar levels. Having stable blood sugar levels is a key to maintaining a healthy weight. Elevated blood sugar levels can cause high levels of insulin which leads to mid-section fat, obesity, diabetes, hormonal dysfunction and other chronic diseases.

Decide now to make a change and strive for the real, achievable goal of losing weight and keeping it off.  We have helped over 40,000 people lose weight and live happier, healthier lives.  We can help you too! Call 1-800-980-7208 and order the Amino Diet, 12-week Complete Body Transformation, meal guide and exercise program, today.

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Author: Dr. Humble Finsand

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