Ten Ways to Avoid Becoming Struck Down by or Disabled by Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) should be on the list of what we all worry about. Why?  Because this disease kills more of us than the next seven most deadly illnesses, this fear is based in fact. For this reason alone, we need to do the best we can to understand and then avoid the worst ravages of CHD.

While there is no magic answer to heart health problems, we can do some things to improve, or even prevent, coronary heart disease. The first step is to change our lifestyle choices. Here are the top ten doctor-recommended ways to do this:
  1. Don’t smoke. Ok, everyone knows smoking is bad for us, but did you know that nicotine shrinks blood vessels and causes stress on your heart? Also, the carbon monoxide in cigarettes damages the blood vessel lining and reduces blood oxygen. 
  2. Control blood pressure. High blood pressure causes problems for your whole body, but is a known risk factor for CHD. You should have a regular blood pressure check, even if you have no symptoms of heart disease. 
  3. Check cholesterol regularly. High cholesterol levels can put you at much higher risk for heart disease. Don’t ignore this important step in your health care.
  4. If diabetic, keep it under control. Good blood sugar levels are very helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease.
  5. Eat good stuff. When you base your diet on fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you immediately reduce your risk of heart disease. 
  6. Manage your stress. Too much stress can place unnecessary strain on your heart. There are many stress-relieving techniques available.
  7. Keep your weight under control. Excess weight puts still more strain on your heart. People with large waists tend to be much more likely to develop both diabetes and heart problems.
  8. Exercise! Yep, it is said again and again, and still we sit on our couches, putting it off. Think of exercise as if it were a prescription medicine, except you don't have to go the drug store to get it, and don't need to pay for it either. Exercise is the best way to control your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and mood. Being active between 30 and 60 minutes a day can make all the difference. Turn the TV off! Take a walk!
  9. Practice good hygiene. If you already have heart trouble, you can avoid potentially damaging infections by staying away from sick people, washing your hands and keeping your teeth clean.
  10. A flu shot can help. Those who suffer heart disease are much more likely to have a heart attack if they get the flu. 

The Social Security disability lawyers at Keefe Disability Law offer you these ten simple tips in the hopes that you will never need to apply for SSA disability. However, if you do, we can help you throughout the process. Give us a call toll free today at 888-904-6847. And be sure to order our free report, Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability.
John L. Keefe
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