Friday, August 03, 2007

Preempting Heart Problems

Hearth problems affects millions of people world wide no matter what age or race you belong to. Treatment of hearth diseases is very tedious and is also expensive making it out of reach for the poor. There are however simple ways in which heart diseases can be detected early, and therefore preventing you from acquiring the disease in the first place sparing us from all the problems associated with heart problems. Here are some tips to help detect and prevent heart diseases.

1.) Check your daily calorie needs - Most of us need only a portion of the calories we are consuming every day. Therefore we must develop the habit of counting calories. On average men generally needs about 2500 calories a day while women about 2000 but few people know exactly how much calorie we need each day and it is higher or lower depending on how active you are.

2.) How big is your waist line - The waist size is the best indicator wether your weight is affecting your heart. fat cells are not just storage houses for extra calories that your body was unable to burn off. Fat that is packed into your abdomen release inflammatory chemicals and out of kilter level of appetite controlling proteins. This results in the risk of having a heart attack as inflammation speds up the atherosclerosis.

3.) Counting cholesterol levels - It is very important to have your blood checked not only for the total levels of cholesterol but also the levels of bad LDL cholesterol and good HDL cholesterol. Have your doctors analyze the report if the laboratory result is not clear on those two items.

4.) Blood pressure - Check your BP (blood pressure) regularly. Have your doctor BP at very visit and ask the doc how often it should be measured. regular blood pressure checks will help spot a potential problem early on .

5.) Triglycerides - Triglycerides are made from the fats and carbohydrates you eat which is converted into a form that can be stored by the body in the form of fat cells. Triglycerides are also released from the fat tissue whenever we need the extra energy. But high levels have been linked to coronary heart disease especially in women.

6.) Getting your pulse rate - Your pulse rate is the number of times your heart beats in a minute. regular checking of your pulse rate can determine if there are any abnormalities in your heart rate. Regularly daily exercise can strengthen your heart rate and therefore making you less suceptible to any heart problems.



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