“It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.”
Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women and claims more lives than cancer, car accidents and AIDS combined. Being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease can take an emotional toll as well, affecting your mood, outlook, and quality of life.
As we look back at 2016, we remember all the people who passed away due to heart disease: Carrie Fisher, Garry Shandling, Alan Thicke, Nancy Reagan, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Natalie Cole and Florence Henderson just to name a few.
Professor Michael Glikson, one of the leading cardiologists in Israel and the president of the Israeli Heart Society gives few healthy tips on how to maintain your heart healthy in the new year:
1.Check your blood pressure
One of the risk factors for heart diseases is having a high blood pressure. Glickson advices to get a regular check by the doctor’s office or the local pharmacy. If this is the issue try meditation and other stress-reduction techniques.
2. Stick to heart healthy diet
Glickson is a big fan of Mediterranean diet, which includes mainly protein and fiber rich fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables. It has a beneficial effect on the brain, can lower cholesterol level and is a great tool against cancer. Several celebrities – including Rachael Ray and Penélope Cruz – swear by the diet.
It is highly recommended to engage yourself in at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, which is just half an hour five days a week. You can do a lot of exercises even at home and even without having a treadmill.
4. Give up smoking
One of the major risk factors for cardiac diseases is smoking . There are few ways to give up the bad habit – from patches and gum to pills to behavior modification.
5. Be an optimist
You are aware of power of positive thinking, which is so strong that can actually help to keep you alive. A new study says that’s exactly what it takes to survive after a heart attack – along with good medical care and a few lifestyle changes. Research done by Dr. Yariv Gerber, a colleague of Glickson’s at Tel Aviv University, shows that optimistic people are more likely to live longer after their first heart attack than people who have a more pessimistic disposition.