Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and kills approximately 610,000 people every year. High blood pressure, cholesterol levels and smoking are the top risk factors associated with heart disease, but there are other medical conditions and harmful habits that can increase your chance of developing it. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we know that taking great care of your heart to avoid cardiovascular disease is critical, but shouldn’t be your only motivator.
In fact, there are many reasons to proactively maintain a healthy heart, including:
1. Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Regulation
High cholesterol levels can increase your risk for developing cardiovascular disease, and unhealthy cholesterol in the blood can also lead to heart attack and stroke.
High blood pressure levels can also negatively affect your health. If you have high blood pressure, you are more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or have heart failure, you’re also more likely to develop peripheral artery disease, angina, vision loss and kidney disease or failure.
2. Reduce Feelings of Depression
Did you know that cardiovascular disease can increase your chance of feeling depressed? Research indicates that 33% of heart attack victims end up showing depressive symptoms.
3. Lower Risk of Dementia
Research shows that poor heart health is also associated with dementia. Not taking care of your heart properly can narrow your blood vessels, limiting the amount of blood that can get to your brain. Without proper blood flow, your brain can not work the way it is supposed to. This can cause you to have trouble making decisions, reasoning with others and remembering familiar faces and places.
How Can You Take Better Care of Your Heart?
- Follow a Heart-Healthy Diet
Eat more nutritious foods and remove unhealthy fats from your diet to reduce blood and cholesterol levels and maintain your weight. Specifically, eat more fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, and limit your salt and alcohol intake.
- Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise will benefit your mental and physical wellness significantly. Make sure you’re getting 150 minutes of physical activity every week as the CDC recommends. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, our team of specialists can design a workout plan tailored to your specific needs!
- Avoid smoking
Smoking and inhaling second-hand smoke can lead to cardiovascular disease. In fact, research indicates that simply inhaling smoke significantly increases your risk for coronary artery calcification.
- Visit Your Doctor
Be proactive about your heart health and visit your doctor regularly. Your physician can make sure your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are intact, mental health is stable and provide insight on ways to reduce your risk for developing dementia.
Why Choose Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center
At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, our team of specialists strive to help all of our patients live happy and healthy lives. For more information on how we can help you or a loved one maintain a healthy heart, please schedule a free consultation with us today.