Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | February 27, 2013

Cardiovascular Disease – Tips for Prevention (Part II)

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As mentioned in the last post, cardiovascular disease is largely preventable and there are many lifestyle factors that can be modified to reduce one’s risk. Read on for more tips to prevent heart disease!

Don’t use tobacco products.

Quitting may not be easy, but it is one of the best things you can do for your health if you use tobacco products. According to the Mayo Clinic website, smoking or using other tobacco products can cause cardiovascular damage and poses significant risk for heart disease and stroke. Exposure to secondhand smoke should also be limited as much as possible. Listed below are some helpful resources for quitting tobacco products.

– Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program. http://www.health.wyo.gov/mhsa/prevention/wyoquittobacco.html.

– American Heart Association. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/QuitSmoking/Quit-Smoking_UCM_001085_SubHomePage.jsp.

Limit alcohol use.

While some alcohol may be beneficial to heart health, the key is moderation. Like many things, excessive alcohol consumption can have detrimental health effects. Drinking too much increases the risk for certain cancers, obesity, heart problems and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends that for people who consume alcohol, to limit consumption to one drink per day for women and one to two drinks per day for men.

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Manage stress.

Stress can be a difficult factor to address since stressful situations occur nearly every day and can be unpredictable. The key is to modify one’s reactions and learn how to manage stressors, especially if one deals with chronic stress. There are many activities which can help manage and even reduce stress, and incidentally, some have already been included in the previous post! For more tips and information on managing stress, check out the following link from the American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/StressManagement/Stress-Management_UCM_001082_SubHomePage.jsp.

As Heart Health Month draws to a close, remember that many of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular health issues are controllable. Consult a healthcare professional to address concerns, risk factors, and keep health screenings up-to-date. Your health is worth it – every month!

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– American Heart Association: Lifestyle Changes. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Lifestyle-Changes_UCM_303934_Article.jsp.

– Mayo Clinic: Health Information: Heart Disease: 5 medication-free strategies to help prevent heart disease.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease-prevention/WO00041.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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