Health & Wellness from Carol
Men’s Health Month
According to the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in men, more than Diabetes and Cancer together. Cardiovascular disease is any disease that affects the heart and blood vessels (Heart attack, stroke, hypertension, heart failure, hardening of the arteries, atrial fibrillation).
RISK FACTORS (AHA): Forty five or older, family history of heart disease or high blood pressure, African- American descent, little or no exercise, use of tobacco products, being overweight (men with waist >40 inches), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, diabetes, drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day, drinking a lot of coffee, taking medications with caffeine ingredients like Excedrin, taking medications for ADHD like Ritalin or Adderall, and taking decongestants with pseudoephedrine (antihistamines you have to get by signing at the pharmacy counter)
STRATEGIES FOR HEART HEALTHY LIFESTYLE (MAYO CLINIC): Sorry, you can’t change family history, sex, or age, but you can change many factors that help you live a fuller, longer, healthier and happier life. You will have more energy to enjoy being with your loved ones. So here is what you can do. MODERATE EXERCISE — brisk walk most days along with your regular activities. HEALTHY DIET — fruits vegetables, whole grains, beans, low-fat dairy products reduce saturated fats and avoid trans-fats (deep-fried fast foods, bakery products, packaged snack foods, margarine, crackers, chips, and cookies) enjoy healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, olives, nuts) enjoy lean meats and fish; limit salt and sugar.
Carol Lydic, RN & FCN