According to the Singapore Heart Foundation, 15 people die from cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke) every day. This accounts for nearly 1 out of 3 deaths in Singapore.
As your cardiologist in Singapore will explain, heart attack is a silent killer and many first attacks are fatal or permanently disabling. Because of this, early prevention is crucial.
It’s a good idea to consider seeing your cardiologist for a risk assessment if you are above the age of 40, especially if you have a family history of heart attack or other cardiovascular risk factors. For those who have multiple cardiovascular risk factors, it is important to see your cardiologist and calculate the risk of cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years.
Some heart attack risk factors can be treated, controlled or modified while others can’t. The sooner you see your cardiologist in Singapore for a thorough check up and an organised risk reduction programme, the better your chance to have a healthier heart, and to live longer.
You might be surprised to know that doing these ABCs can help you prevent heart attack:
Always eat healthy. Coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack, is caused by the blockage of the coronary artery–the veins that supply blood to the heart muscle. The coronary artery is blocked by the accumulation of plaque within the walls of the artery, which results from eating fatty and oily food. Aiming for a healthy, well balanced nutrition reduces plaque build-up and also helps prevent obesity. Obesity is another risk factor for heart attack.
Be Active! Your cardiologist will recommend taking 30-minute walks every day. If you are only going to the next floor and can take the stairs, then skip the elevator. If you have a sedentary job, discipline yourself to include regular walking or other active sports into your lifestyle.
Choose To Quit. It’s not easy, but it can be done. If you’re smoking, quit. If your loved ones at home are smoking, help them to quit. Refer to your cardiologist for programmes, plans and support systems to help you quit smoking.
Aside from smoking, your cardiologist will also encourage you to quit or limit alcohol drinking. Too much alcohol intake can raise your blood pressure, leading to heart failure or stroke.
Finally, quit stress. You may say that stress is everywhere and is unavoidable. While this is true, remember that you can change the way you react to stress. If you manage stress by over-eating unhealthy food or smoking incessantly, you may choose healthier alternatives to managing stress. Talk to your cardiologist for sources of help on stress management programmes.
Choosing to live a heart-healthy lifestyle is your strongest defence against heart attack and other life-threatening cardiovascular diseases. Consult with your cardiologist in Singapore today on your modifiable risk factors and follow the simple steps above to help you reduce the risks.
Remember, taking care of your heart is your responsibility. If you want to live longer, then begin to have a heart-healthy lifestyle today.