We might not be Cupid, but we are spreading the love this Valentine’s Day by sharing tips on how you can improve your heart health and keep your heart happy.
Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, pumping 1.5 gallons of blood every minute and beating up to 3.5 billion times in your whole lifetime. Therefore, it is important to show your heart the love it deserves.
How the Heart Works
Your heart is responsible for providing the other muscles and organs with oxygenated blood via a network of arteries, helping them to function efficiently. The blood leaves the right side of the heart and enters into the lungs to pick up oxygen through the pulmonary alveoli.
The newly oxygenated blood then returns to the heart, in order to be pumped around the body. Once the blood has been circulated, the process is continuously repeated.
Heart Disease & Ireland
Sadly, heart disease remains as one of the most common causes of death in Ireland, leading to one-third of all deaths. According to the Irish Heart Foundation, 10,000 lives are lost each year in Ireland to cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, strokes and other circulatory diseases.
Unfortunately, the number of people suffering from heart disease is set to increase, thanks to population growth and a rise in obesity. This is why we intend to raise as much awareness as possible for heart disease and share ways that you can live a heart-safe lifestyle.
There are certain lifestyle choices that you can make to help reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease:
Certain foods can have an impact on cholesterol, blood pressure and inflammation, which can, in turn, influence your risk of heart disease. Swapping to a healthy diet does not have to be expensive: try buying fresh food instead of frozen and cutting down on takeaways.
You could also try incorporating superfoods into your diet to kick-start your heart health. For example, Salmon is high in Omega 3, which can decrease fat build-up in your arteries and lower your blood pressure.
Improve Your Fitness
Did you know, that exercising for just 30 minutes each day can significantly improve your circulation and lower your blood pressure? Cardio activities, in particular, like walking, running and swimming can aid in improving your heart health.
If you’re struggling to find the time to exercise, you can still improve your fitness by changing a few of your daily habits. For example, you could try taking the stairs instead of using an escalator or lift.
Although stress is not a direct risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the methods that people use to cope with stress, such as smoking, drinking alcohol or eating unhealthy foods, can put a strain on the heart.
Adapting your lifestyle so that you can handle stress more efficiently will have a positive impact on both you and your heart. Why not try a yoga session to help eliminate stress in your life? Or you can talk to your GP and receive advice on how to manage your stress.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
So, instead of buying a card and going out for an expensive dinner, you can share the love this Valentines Day by ensuring that you, and those around you, are living a heart-safe lifestyle.
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