When it comes to heart health, your everyday habits are what matter most. Research shows that a whopping 80% of all heart-disease cases can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, exercising and not smoking. To help you get started, created this special guide – complete with walking and eating plans – so you can live longer and stronger. The power to protect your heart is in your hands.
The latest research on heart disease – and what it means for you.
An apple a day may keep the cardiologist away
A recent study found that people who ate apples daily for four weeks lowered their levels of oxidized LDL (a type of bad cholesterol that raises your risk of heart attack and stroke) by 40%.
Coffee can be good for your ticker, too! Research found that drinking two cups of java per day (decade or regular) reduced heart failure risk by 11%.
Surprising Risk Factor
Research found that early menopause (before age 46) may double your chances of a heart attack or stroke. Experts suspect that if you stop ovulating prematurely, this may be a sign of blood vessel disease – and you may need extra screenings.
Did You Know?
Heart attacks are not always big, dramatic events. In fact, a recent Journal of the American Medical Association study found that heart attack without crushing chest pain are more common in older women and men.
What fainting says about your heart
- What happens
A lack of blood flow (and oxygen) to the brain causes you to briefly lose consciousness.
- Why this matters
Your heart pumps blood throughout your body, so fainting may mean that your heart isn’t working properly.
- What you should do
If you faint suddenly for no apparent reason, go to the emergency room immediately. If you were in a stressful situation at the time, check in with your physician. Even thought factors like being hot or nervous can trigger fainting, your doctor should still make sure you don’t have an underlying condition. She can analyze your risk factors and may recommend an EKG. One more fainting fact: After age 45, it’s more likely that a fainting episode is due to a potential heart issue.