Healthy heart, long life

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As the Department of Health (DOH) celebrates Heart Month this February, the agency is reminding the general public to take care of your heart to prevent heart attack which is a leading cause of death.
Our heart plays a very big role in our body, as it pumps blood and in diverse parts of the body through the circulatory system.
Dr. Myrna Cabotaje, Regional Director of DOH said that as young as 20 years old suffer heart attack and hypertension; either caused by genes or poor lifestyle. Moreover, the influence of the environment has a lot to do with it as well – lack of enough sleep and rest, getting hooked on meals offered by fast food chains and drinking so much alcohol. She also pointed out that young people spend most of their time in computer shops and they do not have time for sports and exercise.
Cabotaje explained that high blood pressure or hypertension greatly increases the risk for heart attack and stroke.
While high blood pressure is a serious health problem, there are things you can do to prevent it no matter what your age or physical condition, she said.
The DOH offers some tips to help prevent high blood pressure or reduce your risks of getting an attack if you already have the condition.
If you are you overweight, you must lose weight by limiting the size of your meals and snacks and cut back on high calorie foods.
If you drink alcohol, practice moderation while increasing physical activity. Exercise is a key factor in preventing high blood pressure.
Stop smoking. Research shows that smoking increases your chances of developing a heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and several forms of cancer.
Take fish oil or vitamins that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids that fights against heart disease and stroke.
Talk with your doctor or health care professional. Learn what your blood pressure reading means to your health. If medication is recommended for you to treat or prevent high blood pressure and if your doctor prescribes medication, take it religiously.

Last Modified: 2022-Apr-10 23.00.00 UTC+0800