Our society is focused on achievements, we have to work hard and earn a lot of money. We're stressed, there’s no time to relax, and then suddenly the inevitable happens: heart attack! Coronary Artery disease and strokes are responsible for the world's largest number of deaths.These lethal diseases can be prevented however, taking a little bit more care of your body. Here are a few tips:

Stop smoking: smoking narrows the arteries, which is the prime risk factor for artery disease.

Watch your blood pressure: limit the use of salt

Keep your cholesterol within boundaries: keep an eye on the use of saturated fat

Lose some weight: excessive weight puts more stress on your body.

It also elevates the risk of diabetes.

Eat healthy: eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, they not only help you maintaining your weight but also are a good source of anti-oxidants. Avoid sugars and fast food.

Exercise more: try to have at least 2 hours of sports per week, take the stairs and park the car a little further to have a little walk

Lower your stress level: leave your work at the office. It’s important to take distance from your job and relax when you’re at home.

Moderate your alcohol use: limit your drinks to maximum one glass per day, preferably red wine.

Learn to recognize the symptoms of a stroke:

  • Weakness on one side of the body, unsteady walk
  • Numbness of the face and tingling in the limbs
  • Severe headache
  • Vision loss

How to recognize a heart attack before it happens:

  • Cold sweats and dizziness
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Cold and flu symptoms

Some foods can help you keep your heart and arteries in shape:

  • Almonds (unsalted): rich in anti-oxidants and magnesium
  • Apples: can lower your blood sugar
  • Apricots: rich in Vitamins A and C, can lower your blood pressure
  • Asparagus: source of calcium and potassium, anti-inflammatory
  • Avocados: excellent source of potassium, rich in fibers
  • Blueberries and strawberries: super rich on anti-oxidants.
  • Tomatoes: contain lycopene, reduce chances of artery disease
  • Salmon: excellent source of omega 3 fats
  • Green tea: prevents blocking of the arteries
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