Coronary Heart Disease Summary
• Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, caused when cholesterol and fatty materials called plaque build up inside the arteries.
• Individuals with a family history of CHD can lower their risk by eating healthy, exercising regularly, reducing stress, quitting smoking and consuming alcohol in moderation.
• Eating oatmeal for breakfast, adding healthy snacks such as fruit to one’s diet, and exercising for at least 60 minutes per week are all good ways to reduce that risk.
• Additionally, controlling cholesterol and blood pressure levels through regular physician visits may also be beneficial in preventing CHD.
Do you want to turn that achy breaky heart into a healthy pumping heart. When people talk about heart disease, they’re usually talking about coronary heart disease, CHD. This is the most common type of heart disease. When someone has CHD, the coronary arteries that take blood to the heart are narrowed or blocked.
This happens when cholesterol and fatty material called plaque build up inside the arteries, heart disease and high blood pressure are risks for those that have a family history. If you smoke, if you’re eating an unhealthy high sodium diet partnered with a lack of exercise, but there’s a lot you can do to prevent it.
Here’s some simple ways to put a little love in your heart. Start eating healthier by adding healthy foods in simple ways to your diet, such as eating fruit for a snack instead of chips or a chocolate bar. Eat oatmeal for breakfast to add extra fiber to your diet.
Another way is to get moving by adding 60 minutes of exercise per week and slowly increasing to 150 minutes of exercise per week. Lower your stress by sitting in silence for 15 minutes to relax, meditate, or pray during this time, stop smoking and drink alcohol in moderation. Also see your doctor to control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
I’m Dr. David Long. That was the long story short.