Although this statement is really obvious, it is no less true. According to recent data, experts believe that cardiovascular disease can be prevented in almost 90% of cases.
Diet is one of the most important tools we have to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Eating vegetables and pulses can be a great help, while too much salt can have a negative impact on the heart. There has recently been much discussion about the need to control salt levels in processed foods.
In any case, the risks associated with contracting cardiovascular disease increase more sharply in men above the age of 45. In women, the age is slightly higher, around 60.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 25% of deaths in the different ethnic groups in that country. In Europe, it is the second highest cause of death, with Lithuania, Slovakia and Latvia accounting for the highest number of deaths.
At Best Doctors, we stress the importance of taking control of our behaviour and our health to prevent cardiovascular disease.
– Take your blood pressure regularly
– Take regular, moderate exercise
– Stop smoking
– Check your blood sugar levels from time to time using different tests available
– Control your weight
Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said:
“Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills more than 161,000 people in the UK every year.
The good news is there is a lot we can do to protect ourselves against it.
Taking control of our heart health by knowing the risk factors, stopping smoking, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise are the most powerful weapons we have against CVD. That’s why the BHF is encouraging everyone to kick-start a healthier lifestyle this week.
Follow our top 10 heart tips by visiting www.bhf.org.uk/worldheartday”