What do you do to keep your heart healthy?

United States
March 13, 2011 9:52pm CST
Or do you even think about it? I had a heart attack when I was 36. Totally unexpected. It wasn't even on my radar. After the fact, I found out that women in my family have very high triglycerides. I didn't even know what that was. I'm trying to be heart healthy now. What do you do to keep your heart healthy? Do you read labels? Excercise?
6 responses
• Philippines
15 Mar 11
We have the same problem, I was confined last Dec 31, 2006 to January 2, 2007 due to heart problem, but it was not a heart attack. My doctor said, irregular heart beat, in short I have an arrytma (i don't know if the spelling is correct),I have also an asthma. Doctor said, arrytma triggered when I'm spraying an anti-asthma (ventolyn) and adding of drinking of coffee. Doctor advised me not to drink coffee or any food that contain caffeine and tea. She asked me also to stop spraying ventolyn. Eat a health food, avoid fatty foods, salty foods or food that contains caffeine. She did not advised to have an exercise, yes I'm reading the label of the can and carton that's very important. Heart problem is a traitor, we all know that. You can ask your mother if you have a family of heart problem. I feel sad to you, 36 years old have a heart attack? Take care of yourself and God Bless.
• United States
16 Mar 11
Thank you! I am praying for you. Heart problems are scary. I'm doing all that I can but I always feel like I could be doing more. Heart problems do run in my family. Mainly with the women. I pray that it somehow skipped my daughters.
@cloud31 (5811)
14 Mar 11
Hello Rebecca, Have a healthy diet,reduced the intake of fat.Go for a diet that are low in fat and cholesterol.Try to excercise regularly to regulate blood flow to your heart..I use to jog every morning for at least 45 minutes or do some kind of excercise that can make your heart beat faster for a couple of minutes, ex.jumping rope,and even cardio.That can help to have a healthy heart.Also oats is a nice kind of diet for the heart I use to have it every morning as my breakfast.. And try to take a food supplement to contribute the need of missing nutrients that we can get from the food we intake, you can ask your health practitioner which supplement suite you best. Take care and Happy mylotting!
• United States
16 Mar 11
Thanks Cloud! That is VERY sound advice.
• Australia
14 Mar 11
Hi RebeccaLynn =) It must have been pretty scary for you to have a heart attack at 36 and even more scary to discover that it runs in your family - ((((( BIG HUGS ))))) I was first diagnosed with a heart murmur nearly 14 years ago. For a quite awhile, I was extremely reckless with my health as I felt that I didn't have much to live for at the time. To be blunt, I ran off the rails for about 4 years, which hurt my body HEAPS! Since having my eldest son nearly 7 years ago, I have made my health one of my obsessions. I don't have a lot of time for doctor's as, with my medical history, I have been told many, many times that I shouldn't be alive today given what has happened. Thankfully, the doctor I have now thinks outside the box. I exercise regularly (on top of running around after my youngest son, who has ADHD) and eat healthy. I take this stuff called "Cell Food" which puts extra oxygen and enzymes back into my body. I also take chlorophyll and sprulina (sp?) tablets daily. I am on anti-depressants because I do have a lot of stress in my life and I need to be calm, LOL! Hope this helps, I would love to write more but have to run =)
• United States
16 Mar 11
It was scary. It still scares me actually. I always wonder what is going on in my ateries. Kinda freaks me out! Sounds like you are doing all of the right things though! I'm glad you have a doctor that is on your side. It really helps when they work with you instead of against you.
@Hunter24 (90)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I try to exercise everyday when I can. This includes mostly cardio exercises such as running, walking, swimming, and playing sports with friends. Cardiovascular exercises keep your heart healthy and active!
• United States
16 Mar 11
I do agree with what you said but at the same time, I also have fibromyalgia and the cold weather prevents me from walking for now. What do you do when it gets cold outside?
@Sakura24 (175)
• Philippines
24 Mar 11
There are certain ways to keep your heart healthy. First is to reduce fats in the diet. A certain amount of fats is good for a well balanced diet but reduce the amount of fat and the type of fat you eat. Saturated fat affects blood cholesterol levels, so try to eat less full-fat dairy products like sweets and burgers. Polyunsaturated fats in small amount helps reduce cholesterol so oily fish whichis not fried is good. Eat less salt because of Na, high sodium diet is linked to increase in blood pressure. Exercise regularly. Exercise improves heart function and lowers your blood pressure and blood cholesterol. 30 minutes of moderate exercise everyday is recommended. Always keep your weight down. Too many calories, fatty foods and being overweight is really bad for your health. It puts extra stresses and strain on your heart, makes you feel lethargic and de-energized and affects your self image and confidence. Try eating more fruits and vegetables, less gugary foods, eat more unrefined carbohydrates such as seed breads, wholegrain cereals and others. Stop smoking. Quitting smoking is one of the most important thing in becoming healthy. Avoid stress- stress can triggers alot of diseases because it makes your immune system low. Monitor your health status always and always check your blood pressure.
• Philippines
17 Mar 11
hello. in my humble opinion right balance of exercise and right diet is important. lifestyle changes too like smoking, eating fatty food, stuffs like that should be managed. also i read an article the other day, my aunt forwarded it to me. how to do cpr when ur alone. says there that when u feel ur having a heart attack like pain in ur chest that radiates to your left arm or shoulders, you should breath deeply and cough as hard as you could. repeat the whole process until u feel ur heart has normal heart beat,or feel a little better to go to the nearest hospital.