Number one, if you smoke, quit! Smoking is a major risk factor for CVD, though lung cancer (with an incidence far less than CVD receives more publicity as an argument against smoking.)
We have all heard this plea before. And frankly, if you’re like me, you’re a little sick of hearing it. But it may be far more important to the maintenance of good health than previously thought. One final point about eating sensibly. When you are eating properly, you can reasonably expect higher energy levels and steadier emotions-a valuable side benefit for sure!
This accomplishes three health benefits and one marital benefit! First, it helps reduce your weight. Second, it improves your cholesterol picture. Third, it cleans out the mental cobwebs. Just getting away briefly from stained, stressful circumstances is emotionally therapeutic for all of us. And fourth, an additional bonus of walking is that it offers the much-needed opportunity for spouses to talk with each other. Every marriage needs uninterrupted time for communication.
Cut Back on High-Sodium Foods
Salt, the number one silent killer. The average American has a daily sodium intake about 10 grams. Is should be 2 or 3 grams at the most. Salt is a major factor in the development of high blood pressure (Hypertension).
Control Your Blood Pressure
This is something with which you must work closely with your doctor. If salt and calorie restriction is not working and your blood pressure is staying over 140/90 (some doctors would allow higher limits), then it may be time to begin a medication to keep it in the normal range (120/70). Often a mild diuretic taken daily is sufficient to keep your blood pressure down.
Controlled hypertension should be a major goal in your quest for a healthy cardiovascular system. It gives you more active years of life.