Oct. 7, 2022

How To Avoid The Number One Killer in America

How To Avoid The Number One Killer in America

Thank you, Dr. Ovadia. I could have not said it better myself. You put it so clear. And coming from a heart surgeon, a man that does this as a living, I think is more impactful than anything I could say. 

 

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Interesting statistics from heart surgeon, Dr. Philip Ovedia.

Cardiovascular disease claims a life every 34 seconds, 

2,500 people every day,

25% of all American deaths. 

You can avoid being one of these statistics. Heart disease is the number one killer in America despite... 

Falling smoking rates.

Generations following the food pyramid. 

The high cost of healthcare.

Medication to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. 

The reason why isn't a big surprise. America has a big lifestyle problem.

I'm not telling you this to scare you, I'm telling you so you pay attention and take control of your own health because the government is not gonna do it for you.

Here are five simple lifestyle habits you can follow to protect yourself from heart disease, even if you're currently unhealthy, obese and feel there's nothing you can do. 

Number one, quit smoking. Smoking leads to hypertension, plaque buildup, obstructive pulmonary disease, increased risk of stroke. 

Number two, exercise. Build exercises your day in smaller chunks. 10 minutes of hitt, (Remember the video I made a couple weeks ago? ) a brisk walk after lunch, a short weekend hike, squat while cleaning your teeth, or a set of pushups during commercial breaks of your favorite TV shows. 

Eat better. Healthy heart diets come from whole, real foods that come from the ground or live on the ground. Animal protein, leafy greens, fruits, starchy vegetables, plenty of water. If you can't name where it comes from or what's in it, don't eat it. It's that simple. 

Limit alcohol intake. You can still enjoy your favorite vintage and have a scotch with friends, but keep it sensible. Light to moderate drinking have the lowest correlation to heart disease. Heavy drinkers have the highest.

Lower your blood pressure. Easier said than done. The previous recommendations all helped reduce your blood pressure safely, without the use of medication. You'll reduce your risk of heart disease while feeling better and enjoying a higher quality of life.

That's a wrap. Thank you, Dr. Ovadia. I could have not said it better myself. You put it so clear. And coming from a heart surgeon, a man that does this as a living, I think is more impactful than anything I could say. 

So look at these five items. Implement them. I actually go a little bit further than the alcohol. I eliminated alcohol for my life. I think it has a lot of negative effects, both mentally and physically. But that's up to you. 

So until we talk next time, move well, stay healthy, be happy, and cut out the risk. Pay attention to your heart health.