Sunday, September 26, 2010

ON WORLD HEART DAY TAKE RESOLUTION

BEAT THE HEART DISEASE!!!
Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.1 million lives a year. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.Heart attacks and strokes can strike suddenly and can be fatal if assistance is not sought immediately.

Over 80% of cardiovascular disease deaths take place in low-and middle-income countries and occur almost equally in men and women. Cardiovascular risk of women is particularly high after menopause.

Tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Cessation of tobacco use reduces the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day of the week will help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Being overweight increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. To maintain an ideal body weight, take regular physical activity and eat a healthy diet with high protein and low carbohydrate.Eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, and limiting your salt intake to less than one teaspoon a day, also helps to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

High blood pressure has no symptoms, but can cause a sudden stroke or heart attack. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.Diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke. If you have diabetes control your blood pressure and blood sugar to minimize your risk.

For checking and controlling your cardiovascular risk---

1.One should know your blood pressure.Have your blood pressure checked. Know your blood sugar. Raised blood glucose (diabetes) increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

2.If you have diabetes it is very important to control your blood pressure and blood sugar to minimize the risk.

3.Also you should know your blood lipids.Raised blood cholesterol increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Blood cholesterol needs to be controlled through a healthy diet and, if necessary, by appropriate medications.
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