What is the leading cause of death in the US??
Heart disease is affecting people younger and younger and people, on average, have a heart 7 years older than they should be.
Follow this link to find out your “heart age”.
Lucky for us heart disease is highly preventable/manageable!
About Heart Disease:
- Caused by plaque building up in the arteries of the heart.
- Plaques can build up and harden or rupture over time and will block blood flow to the heart.
- Effects of plaque buildup:
○ Chest pain
○ Heart attack
○ Weakening of the heart
○ Arrhythmias (irregular heart beats)
○ Heart failure (your body can’t pump the amount of blood your body needs)
○ Eventually, all these may lead to an early death
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Cholesterol
- Physical Inactivity
- A Consistently Unhealthy Diet
Ways to keep your heart healthy:
Address the risk factors!
- Regular exercise and a healthy diet will address many of the risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.
○ Go on a walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk the dog, lift some weights, do yoga.
○ Group exercise classes are FREE for UWEC students and a great way to stay fit!
(find the schedule and a description of the classes here)
- “Unhealthy” food once in a while won’t cause heart disease, but make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and decrease your intake of sodium (it can contribute to high blood pressure).
- Quit smoking. This may be easier said than done, but look for resources to help you…your heart and body will thank you! Student Health Service offers coaching and quit supplies (nicotine patches and gum) at no cost – contact Katie Wilson, Health Educator, at email@example.com or by going to Schofield 26 for more information!
Heart Disease doesn’t affect you in one day. It is brought on by an accumulation of unhealthy habits. Although you may feel fine now, a couple years down the road you could suffer the effects of heart disease that had been building up.