Changes that you can make to keep your heart healthy

Here are some of the best things that you can do to ensure that your heart stays healthy:

Quit smoking- being ‘smoke free’ is one of the best things that you can do to ensure that you have a healthy heart.

Manage your level of cholesterol- everyone needs are certain amount of cholesterol in their blood to stay healthy, however having an unhealthy level of cholesterol can put you at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Avoid foods that are processed and high in fat.

Blood pressure- it is unlikely that you will be able to feel that you have a high blood pressure, however if you doctor has found that you have a high blood pressure then you should make lifestyle changes to ensure that you can get it back down to a healthy level.

Manage your diabetes- if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then it is important that you stay on top of your medication to ensure that your heart is not under increased pressure, making it more likely for you to suffer from a heart attack or stroke.

Stay active- any level of physical activity is great for your heart- even if you are new to exercise, your heart will benefit from it. Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time during the day; take little walks when you can.

Maintain a healthy weight- by having a healthy weight, you have help to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other conditions that affect the heart. Having a healthy diet and good level of activity have help you to maintain a healthy weight.

Have a nutritious diet- having variety of foods in your diet can help to control your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Changes such as reducing your salt intake and swapping saturated fats for unsaturated fats can help to keep your heart healthy.

Limit your alcohol intake- heaving drinking can weaken your heart and contribute to an increased blood pressure. To reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke, drink within the government recommendations.

Keep an eye on your mental health- research shows that depression and other mental health conditions can seriously affect the health of your heart. If you have been experiencing mental health issues for more than 2 weeks it is a good idea to speak to your doctor, so that you can improve your mental and heart health.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.