Everybody wants a heart that's always in good shape but others don't even notice if there heart is in bad or good shape. Some are thinking that there heart is in good shape even though its not, some are afraid to check themselves or consult a doctor, so here's a checklist of things, for us to know if our heart is in good shape:
- Are you overweight?
- Are you diabetic?
- Do you have a high bad cholesterol level?
- Do you get tired easily?
- Do you live a sedentary lifestyle?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you have an immediate family member who has had a stroke or heart attack?
- Do you have hypertension?
- Are you over 55?
Exercise regularly - The heart needs regular exercise not sudden burst of activity. Exercise at least once every two to three days. It is not advisable to play sports only on the weekends some experts say, as the sudden physical exertion will stress the heart.
Floss and maintain Oral hygiene - If you have pre-existing abnormal or infected heart valves, it is best to maintain oral hygiene. The unsanitary condition in your mouth and gum's can infect valves and lead to heart disease.
Maintain a healthy diet - Avoid food with lots of fat and preservatives that tend build up your cholesterol. Supplement with vitamins. If you can see the fat in the food, you can be sure it will affect your heart.
Watch the numbers - High blood pressure, hypertension, and high cholesterol level cab cause the heart to become abnormally larger and less efficient. Your LDL cholesterol levels or bad cholesterol should be 130 mg. or less per deciliter. If you have more than one risk factor, your cholesterol level should be less than 70 mg. per deciliter. Here are some numbers game for a healthy heart:
- Normal: lower than 120/80
- PreHypertension: 120/80 to 139/89
- Hypertension: 140/90 and higher
- Desirable: Less than 200 mg/dl
- Borderline high: 200 to 239
- High: 240 and up
- Protective: 60 mg/dl and up
- Moderate risk: 40 to 59
- Major risk: below 40
- Optimal: (particularly if you have other risk factors, like diabetes) Less than 100 mg/dl
- Near optimal: 100 to 129
- Borderline high: 130 to 159
- High: 160 and above
- Healthy: less than 100 mg/dl
- Prediabetes: 100 to 125
- Diabetes: 126 or higher