The first month of 2014 went flying by with cold temperatures for most of the country. Now it’s time to focus our attention on love. Valentine’s Day the day of love when cards and candy are given with warm affection in hopes that a special person will accept these gifts and respond with tenderness. There’s just something about love that we just can’t get enough of.
Love from the “heart” the point we are making today! Did you know that many of the more than one million Americans who will die from heart-related disease this year will have died of a heart attack while experiencing a sudden rise in excitement and tension. Having a check up with your doctor is also a special gift. One you can give yourself. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.
1. Don't smoke or use tobacco - Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack.
2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week - Try getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week. However, even shorter amounts of exercise offer heart benefits, so if you can't meet those guidelines, don't give up. You can even break up your workout time into 10-minute sessions.