It’s well known that heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men. Many don’t realize that heart attacks are also the leading cause of death of American women. In fact, more women die each year from heart failure than men do. So, everyone needs to be mindful of heart disease. Check out these three surprising “heart-helpful” tips that could save you from heart failure.
Take Aspirin before Bed. Many people take an aspirin or baby aspirin once a day for their heart. Aspirin is helpful because it prevents blood platelets from clumping and clotting. If you take aspirin, take it before bed. Why? Most heart attacks happen in the morning—between 6 a.m. and noon. Aspirin has a 24-hour half-life, so its positive effects will be strongest during the hours most heart attacks occur.
Drink Water before Bed. Many folks refrain from drinking at bedtime to avoid getting up overnight. But, cardiologists say there’s a good reason to risk a trip to the bathroom and take a drink before bed. A glass of water before sleeping helps reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. A study in the American Journal of Medical Epidemiology found that participants “who drink five or more glasses of plain water per day have a much lower risk of fatal coronary heart disease, compared to those who drink less than two glasses per day.” It’s even more important to drink before bed because it helps improve circulation during the hours you’re at greatest risk for a heart attack.
Exercise, Stop Smoking, Eat Smart. You’ve probably heard this advice before, but it bears repeating. Physician Vonda Wright, citing the recent advice of the American Heart Association, offers a list of 7 important tips to keep your heart healthy. From 30 minutes of exercise per day, to eating a diet high in fruit, to avoiding smoke (firsthand, secondhand – all of it), this check-list will help you protect your heart.
Did you know that getting your hearing tested can help determine if you are at risk for cardiovascular disease? Low frequency hearing loss can be an indicator that a person is has cerebrovascular disease or is at risk for cardiovascular (CV) disease. A study conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin found a significant relationship between a pattern of low frequency hearing loss and may predict the presence or potential development of cardiovascular disease. A hearing test should be part of your routine yearly health screening.
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