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10 Ways to Combat Heart Disease: Part 2

In Part 1 of our series on 10 Ways to Combat Heart Disease, we discussed 5 simple ways to help fight against the development of heart disease. In today’s article, we’ll examine 5 additional lifestyle changes that can help prevent heart disease.

6. Avoid Trans Fats

Trans-fatty acids are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (they’re found in most solid margarines, high-fat baked goods, deep fried foods and foods containing “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.”

7. Limit Alcohol Intake

While mild to moderate alcohol consumption is believed to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, it may raise blood pressure thus negatively impacting overall heart health. Regular blood pressure checks can help evaluate the impact alcohol consumption is having on the heart.

8. Try Vitamins and Supplements

Evidence is inconclusive, but antioxidant supplements like vitamin E and homocysteine-lowering agents like folate seem to have promising roles in cardiovascular disease prevention. Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and other supplements have proven to be helpful in reducing cardiovascular disease.  Ask your home health nurse or other health professional about these supplements :

Some that may be useful:

  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Fish oils
  • Garlic
  • Ginko
  • Niacin
  • Soy

9. Practice stress management

A practice of reacting to life events with hostility, frustration and worry are known to negatively impact the heart over timeFamily members or home care staff can encourage the elder to participate in Tai chi, yoga, meditation or other activities the individual enjoys that help reduce stress.

10. Get Regular Health Check-ups

Regular visits to the physician will alert your elder loved one to the development of heart disease, so that it can be successfully managed.  Blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, along with other cardiac tests are routinely evaluated at checkups, in an effort to evaluate cardiac disease risk. Should your loved one have a diagnosis of heart disease, the professionals at Nightingale Homecare can assist your loved one in the self-management of this disease.  See the details of our Pathlink Program.

As a leading homecare company in Paradise Valley and throughout Maricopa County, Nightingale Homecare can help your elderly loved one live a healthy lifestyle. We provide in-home senior care that promotes well-being, disease self-management and independence, and includes guidance in nutrition, exercise, and a healthy life-style. If your loved one requires homecare assistance in Phoenix, Scottsdale or elsewhere in the Valley, or if you have questions about in-home senior care, and how it can help your elder loved one manage or prevent heart disease or other health-related conditions, call (602) 504-1555 or contact us online.

*Consult your doctor before using any health treatment, including herbal supplements and natural remedies. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended as substitute for professional medical counseling.

This entry was posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 10:36 am.