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Walking, diet, and smoking cessation .. Heart-healthy prescription

Your gift to your heart is to follow a moderate diet of vegetables, whole grains and lean protein, quit smoking and exercise, to prevent cardiovascular disease, this is confirmed by health experts at the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Research in America, adding that prevention is not far-fetched, and that the changes The smaller ones can lead to a longer and healthier life.

According to Muskogee Daily Phoenix, low levels of cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose result in risk factors for heart disease when they are not checked.

 A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in 2020 revealed that more than 30% of Oklahoma women are physically inactive, and confirmed that an unstable lifestyle leads to obesity, which is a risk factor for heart disease, and the study recommended the necessity of walking or practicing low-impact exercise. Like yoga.

"Studies have shown that women are more likely than men to have trouble sleeping, which affects the heart," said Eliza Chakravarty, a physician and scientist at OMRF. According to the American Heart Association, "short sleep" defined as less than six hours per night is a factor. A risk for high blood pressure and stress, as it makes losing weight more difficult.

She added, "Sleep is good for your entire body, and getting a rest for seven or eight hours every night helps your heart and immune system."

And she emphasized, that smoking damages blood vessels, raises blood pressure, and makes the heart work harder by reducing the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry, explaining that quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you can make for your heart, and within a year or two of Quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease drops sharply.

She added that although some women do not have symptoms of heart disease, many of them experience chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

She said: "Often heart disease is not discovered until a woman experiences an emergency situation such as a heart attack."