I have decided to bring back an old post because I recently read a lot of obituaries of well known individuals who died of heart attack and or complications thereof. The most recent was the death of the first man to step on moon, Neil Armstrong, from complications after heart surgery. And before we even reach that far, I would say that we should know the early signs and symptoms of heart attack that were sometimes being ignored and most don’t even know.
Watch the short video provided below so you’ll know what it’s like to have a heart attack. The video was made so simple for everyone to easily understand and realize what it’s like to be on their shoe. The video is from the British Heart Foundation.
Most people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease. In fact The American Heart Association (AHA) says the relationship between these two conditions is so important, they believe diabetes mellitus is a cardiovascular disease.
The good news is you can take steps to protect yourself – if you know the risk factors and what to do with them.
- Get tough and low on cholesterol
- Trim down on your body weight
- Reduce your blood pressure to a normal level
- Quit smoking and alcohol
Diabetics advised to avoid salty food
Salty food can raise the blood pressure, which can increase one’s risk of getting a stroke or a heart attack. People with diabetes are already at greater risk of getting a heart attack or stroke, so they should be doubly careful in steering clear of food that is too salty.
Here are suggestions from the American Diabetes Association on how to cut down on salt intake:
- Opt for fresh fruits and fresh vegetables instead of packaged offerings.
- Choose dried versions of legumes, beans and peas instead of the canned varieties.
- Search for whole-grain foods that are not packed with sodium.
- If you eat seeds and nuts, choose those that are unsalted.
There is an old country cure that has been used for quite some time already and this is the Cinnamon. Just one-fourth to one teaspoon of cinnamon everyday could be enough to help control your blood sugar and avoid diabetes mellitus.
You know how bad it is when a blood vessel in your brain is blocked by a clot or worse if it will burst. You know how terrifying be the result when your brain cells are starved with oxygen and nutrients. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of death and if you aren’t going to die then it might leave you in a long term debilitating injury. That for the fact too will drain your finances and will change your life forever.
When the blood supply is interrupted to any part of your brain for a few seconds, whatever the cause may be, it can leave a permanent damage in your body. The extent of the damage usually depends on which part of the brain is affected. Another bad thing is that it can develop suddenly without any warning and that the person may not even know that he or she already had a stroke. So time is of essence in the treatment of stroke.
Yet at any given point, prevention is still the best solution and here are some of the foods that can cause a stroke (in random order).
- Diet soda – if you are trying to lose weight then you are on the right track but experts from Columbia University though otherwise when it comes to stroke. People who are drinking diet soda on a daily basis had 60% more strokes, heart attack and coronary disease but still don’t have any clue how it was linked.
- Smoked and processed meat – often times it has to do with the preservatives used. It has sodium nitrate and nitrite that will cause the arteries to harden and narrow.
- Pastries and baked goods – all of these foods are abundant with trans fat which increases the risk of having coronary heart disease by raising the bad cholesterol (LDL).
- Read meat – has high saturated fat content that will clog up the arteries.
- Canned soup – it contains high in sodium. The American Heart and Stroke Association recommend less than 1500mg of sodium daily. It is well known that sodium has a direct relationship in increasing your blood pressure. Then watch out for the safe sounding ingredients that disguises itself under the name of; baking soda, baking powder, MSG and disodium phosphate.
It’s time to be updated with the new stroke guidelines if you are a health care provider or working as pre-hospital provider. Kindly check out the warning signs of stroke here.
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