Heart Disease

Written by Patricia Skinner
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About Heart Disease

Since heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States today, we could all do with learning more about how to keep our hearts healthy. The very best thing any of us can do to protect our hearts is to stop eating fast food with its dead calories and fats that are generally brimming with trans fatty acids. Fats that have been hydrogenated are not healthy. They will contribute to heart disease, as well as a number of other health conditions.

Next, smoking has to go. There is absolutely no doubt that smoking contributes to heart disease. No matter how addicted you are, it's important that you take a decision to stop. If it's too tall an order for you by yourself, then enlist the help of friends and family, go to a therapist, or find something to do that involves using your hands so that you at least have to spend long periods of time not smoking. Remember, it's never too late to make healthy changes.

Time to Give it Up!

No matter how long you've been smoking, you'll still see the benefits of giving it all up. I knew a woman who'd been smoking for five decades, even though she only had one lung. When she finally gave it up due to heart disease, she said she'd have done it years ago if she'd only known how much better she'd feel!

Next in importance in the battle to stave off heart disease, are taking care of the rest of your diet, which means eating to keep cholesterol down (see our other pages on this subject). After that, you should exercise as much as is comfortable for you. If you've recently undergone any kind of surgery, you'll need to start up slowly. Just take some gentle walks, and perhaps stretching exercises until you feel stronger. Yoga is a really wonderful exercise for people with health problems, as you can work up to it slowly. If at all possible, take the advice of a trainer on this subject.

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