Dr. Christian Heesch comments on lifestyle changes that can lower heart attack risk.

Online and print media shower the public with dietary advice, exercise regimens, and other suggestions on how to live longer, healthier, and happier. We recently spoke to Dr. Christian Heesch, a cardiovascular specialist, to help us make sense of the confusion. In the following, we have summarized what he had to say:

“Lifestyle changes that are good for the heart are good for overall health protection”, Dr. Christian Heesch began. “The elements of a heart healthy lifestyle include the avoidance of bad habits such as smoking, the avoidance of too much stress in our lives, a sensible diet, sufficient exercise, and, in some cases, medications to control chronic health conditions.”

“Stress is still not sufficiently recognized as an important risk factor for heart disease, but the importance of stress reduction to lower heart risk needs to be emphasized”, Dr. Christian Heesch continued. “Excessive stress year in year out will harm the heart, and it can lead to other chronic health conditions. Lowering stress in our lives may be as important as lowering our cholesterol levels.”

“Obviously, cigarette smoking is harmful, and rates of smoking are declining in this country, but even second hand smoke inhalation can be harmful if exposure is repeated and prolonged. If you smoke, quit to protect yourself and those around you”, Dr. Christian Heesch said.

“Aerobic exercise, four or five times a week, can help lower stress levels, and it can help control blood pressure problems and obesity. Further, lipid profiles may be changed for the better with regular exercise, and some diabetics will see improved blood sugar control with regular exercise.”

“A heart healthy diet includes a lot of fruits and vegetables, with the addition of fish, nuts, and peanuts. For pregnant women, there are special recommendations, and they should check with their nurse or doctor on dietary advice tailored to that situation. Both exercise and dietary changes intended to lower cardiovascular risk need to be a long term effort to be successful”, Dr. Christian Heesch believes.

“For those with hypertension, diabetes, or lipid problems, medication may be another important part of the puzzle. A long term risk reduction strategy involving exercise, diet, other lifestyle changes, and in some cases medication will go a long way to lower our risk of ever becoming a cardiac patient.”

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