Tips for Avoiding a Heart Attack in Summer
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Winter is often considered the heart attack season due to the contracted blood vessels and reduced blood supply, but in summer, especially in stuffy weather, blood vessels may expand speedily, resulting in increased blood flow, the blood circulation system of heart patients can be easily overloaded in the condition. So, cardiac health should not be overlooked even in summer!
- Change your sleep habits. Go to bed early and considered waking up early are good ways to keep your heart healthy. Lack of or poor sleep habits can cause your heart to be overworked, and also triggering an increase of CRP. CRP is C-reactive protein which is released with stress and inflammation. Having a high CRP puts an individual at a higher risk for cardiovascular and heart disease. To lower CRP and increase quality of sleep, engaging in some heart healthy activities such as, getting some sunshine, doing some stretching or walking your puppy are ways to keep your heart in healthy condition. Any light cardio, mindfulness and meditation also help to release endorphins which help to alleviate stress. Stress triggers the hormone cortisol which at high levels can have a serious negative impact on your heart. Sometimes even talking with your friends and families, maintaining a healthy social life in general can help to relieve stress and make you feel happy. All or a combination of these activities are proved to be critical factors for keeping a healthy heart.
- Fix your diet. Not only is what you eat important, but so is how much you eat. The saying you are what you eat is quite literal in the meaning. In the book In the Defense of Food: An Ominvore’s Dilemma, author Michael Pollan states even as far as “the diet of the animals we eat has a bearing on the nutritional quality and healthfulness, of the food itself, whether it is meat or milk or eggs…even animals that do well on grain, such as chickens and pigs are much healthier when they have access to green plants.” Pollan also points out that “for most our food animals, a diet of grass means much healthier fats (more omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acid or CLA; fewer omega-6s and saturated fat) in their meat, milk and eggs, as well as appreciably higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants.” This is one example of how food sources, and plants your food source consumes is a direct impact of the nutritional value a person needs to intake daily. A lot of people lack nutrients that should be compensated through one’s diet. Pairing certain foods together, like multiple vegetables in one meal, increases the variety and quantity of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your system needs to absorb to stay healthy. For example, vitamin C, an antioxidant, known for strengthening elasticity and blood vessels, and can enhance the absorption of iron. Therefore, pairing Vitamin C rich foods, such as citrus red peppers, oranges or carrots along with iron rich foods, such as spinach, broccoli, beans and tofu will allow you to get the vitamin C but also beget the most out of eating the iron-rich foods in your diet. All the above-mentioned nutrients are important for your myocardial function.
- Manage risks by regular medication. One of the biggest health challenges is that many people with a high risk of heart attacks only seek medical help when they get a heart attack or stroke. Managing risks and taking preventative action can have a significant influence and it includes having regular check-ups and consulting doctors to see if regular medications are needed. High levels of cholesterol and blood pressure are recognized as two of the key risks of cardiovascular diseases, and may need to be managed with regular medication.
- Choosing the most effective herbal supplements to maintain heart health. Between the demands of work and life in general, it is easy to get stressed and to feel tired, especially in the hot days of summer. To help combat, fatigue, restlessness, lack of energy, lack of focus, forgetfulness or even side effects of other medications, taking herbal supplements can provide a tremendous amount of relief from these symptoms. A number of clinical studies shows that some herbs, such as Salviae Miltiorrhizae (Danshen), Tienchi Ginseng, Astragalus and Ganoderma Lucidum, have remarkable effects in preventing and treating symptoms such as these. If you have been looking for a natural alternative treatment option, herbal supplements are a good choice to complement your current medication regimen and help combat precursors to cardiovascular disease. A-Heart PLUS, contains all these ingredients and works well in maintaining cardiovascular health in a natural way, which may be the appropriate choice for you.
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