“Of the 54 million deaths worldwide in 2015, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes. Heart attack and stroke are the (leading causes), accounting for a combined 15 million deaths in 2015. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.” – The World Health Organization
Ischemic heart disease is a condition wherein narrowed arteries cause less blood oxygen to be delivered to the heart. Also known as coronary artery disease and coronary heart disease, ischemia (restriction of blood flow) to the heart can lead to a heart attack.
A stroke occurs when blood oxygen is cut off to one or various parts of the brain. Cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. This results in the loss of function controlled by the area(s) of the brain affected. Over 6 million people die of stroke every year, and an addition 5 million are permanently disabled.
Either condition can be caused by genetic predispositions and/or lifestyle choices. The former is an uncontrollable variable; the latter isn’t.
In this article, we discuss eight healthy habits that lower the risk of both heart attack and stroke. Even small changes can disproportionately tilt the odds in your favor.
Let’s get to it!
HERE ARE 8 HEALTHY HABITS THAT CAN PREVENT HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES:
1. GET 30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE EVERY DAY
A half-hour of moderate exercise five days per week lowers the risk of heart attack. Going for a brisk walk, jogging, swimming, or calisthenics are all healthy choices. On the remaining two days, get in a light session of strength training.
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