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Firstly, 5 Tests That Could Save Your Life - Spending more on medical care is the last thing anyone wants to do, but, it can pay off. A new generation of tests can pinpoint unusual markers of heart disease, tiny tumours, or signs of liver disease well in advance of trouble. These screens aren't needed by everyone, so they may not be available on the NHS or covered by private health plans. But if you have a high-risk health history, shelling out for one of these tests could save your life.
Your Heart Health Checklist :
Watch your weight - Carrying extra weight increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes, particularly if it's around your middle. Losing weight may not be easy, but it is definitely possible. With a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise, one or two pounds should disappear each week, and stay off.
Give up smoking - Toxins in cigarette smoke fur-up the arteries making heart attacks more likely, so don't smoke! Avoid passive smoking too, as this increases the risk of heart disease in non-smokers by around a third. After fifteen years of being an ex-smoker, the risk of a heart attack is back to the same as for someone who has never smoked, so it's never too late to stop.
Get the balance of alcohol right - One or two units of alcohol a day may help to keep the heart healthy by making blood clots less likely and increasing good cholesterol levels. These benefits are believed to be after the menopause for women and from around the age of forty for men, but any more than these amounts and you could be doing more harm than good, especially if alcohol is taken to excess.
Up your omega 3 levels - Omega 3 essential fatty acids from oily fish (at least one portion a week) or a supplement help regulate heart rhythm, prevent blood from clotting, and lower triglyceride fat levels. Being anti-inflammatory, omega 3s also make fatty plaques less likely to rupture and cause heart attacks.
Keep active - Inactivity directly increases the risk of heart disease. Keep active doing whatever feels comfortable and is enjoyable. Brisk walking, cycling, swimming and dancing are good ones to try. Aim for thirty minutes of moderately intensive activity at least five days a week.
Enjoy the benefits of garlic - Allicin in garlic helps relax blood vessels allowing better blood flow. Garlic may also help lower cholesterol, make blood clots less likely and lower blood pressure, all of which helps keep the heart healthy. Added to cooking as a healthy seasoning or taken each day as a supplement, garlic is the one to go for.
Enjoy some healthy food - A low-fat, low-salt diet that's rich in fruit, vegetables and fibre will help keep the heart in tip top condition by helping keep cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels. For dietary insurance, consider a multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Have a check-up - high blood pressure or high cholesterol on their own don't cause heart problems, but can be silently damaging the heart and circulation. That's why it's so important to have these checked, because if they are too high they can be brought under control with a healthy lifestyle and sometimes medication.
Tea-time - green tea may help to lower cholesterol levels, particularly those of damaging bad cholesterol, and may increase good cholesterol levels. Antioxidants in green tea may also help to prevent furring of the arteries.
Enjoy time-out - Stress may directly contribute to heart disease and also indirectly contribute by increasing blood pressure and fuelling unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as comfort eating and too much alcohol. Try taking at least 10 minutes every few hours to relax, and at least 1 hour each week doing something you really enjoy.
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