Health and Safety Updates

Keeping a Healthy Heart is No Longer Just an Elder Concern

Between the years 2000-2016, the number of heart attacks in individuals in their 20’s and early 30’s increased by 2% every year. One in five heart attacks are now individuals under the age of 40. In short, heart attacks are a concern for all adults, no matter the age. It is vital to take steps to protect your heart early and often. 

Heart attacks can be caused by various and potentially overlapping factors that block the arteries and prevent blood flow out of the heart and to the rest of the body. Factors known to increase the chances of heart attacks are smoking, stress, tobacco, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and low oxygen levels. These factors build plaque on the walls of the arteries or cause tightening or restriction of the valves.  

The best way to prevent a heart attack is to live a healthy lifestyle and eliminate the controllable factors above. Eat a healthy diet with fewer processed foods and high-fat content, exercise regularly, and avoid tobacco and other substances. In addition to these habits, keeping up to date with your blood pressure, sugar, and lipids can help you track your risk and adjust when necessary.  

As with most health issues, prevention is better for your body and prevents financial, emotional, and relational strain from serious health issues. Taking care of your body makes it easier for your body to care for you, too! 

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