The heart is the most vulnerable organ in the body, so it comes as no surprise that heart disease still remains the number one cause of death in America. Even though cardiovascular events are, in many cases, preventable, the matters of the heart are among top health concerns worldwide, affecting not just the elderly, but even people younger than 30 years.
The good news is, many risk factors for heart disease are modifiable, giving your heart a chance to stand strong against the impending threat.
Non-modifiable risk factors – the ones you can’t change – are age, sex, and a family history of heart disease. Modifiable risk factors include smoking status, stress levels, diet, physical activity levels, weight, and alcohol consumption, to name a few.
Even though we’ve been told time and again to eat well and exercise regularly, the unfortunate truth is, many of us are not following these simple recommendations for making our heart healthy. Dr. K. M. Cherian, chairman and CEO of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, explained, “Today’s generation is different. They are competitive because of which they end up neglecting their family, work overtime, and ignore their health.”
As you can see, your heart is constantly under attack, with many of your daily habits undermining its health. Don’t be afraid to slow down. Take a moment to evaluate what’s going on in your life that may be hurting your heart. Adjusting your lifestyle accordingly can help you reduce your risk of heart disease over time.