This Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about our amazing heart and what common misconceptions people make when thinking about their heart and heart attacks.
On average about 20 Australian’s die everyday from a heart attack. With this staggering figure in mind, it’s very important we all understand not only what a heart attack means, but how it can occur and how to decrease the risks of suffering a heart attack.
What is a heart attack?
This is when an artery to the heart, a vessel that carries blood that’s full of oxygen, becomes blocked. This section of the heart that needs this oxygen filled blood is starved, and begins to become damaged. If the blockage is not fixed and part of the heart tissue continues to be damaged through oxygen starvation, the severity of the heart attack becomes worse.
What normally causes a heart attack?
To cause a blockage in an artery leading to a heart attack, a person will often have Coronary Heart Disease or Coronary Artery Disease. This means there is a build up of plaque in the arteries making it hard for the blood to be pumped through until eventually the build up complete blocks up the vessel.
What causes Coronary Artery or Heart Disease?
There are some risk factors that we can and can’t control when it comes to not only Coronary Artery Disease but Heart Attacks too. The most common factors that you can control include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, been overweight or obese, high blood glucose levels due to poorly controlled diabetes, eating an unhealthy diet or not achieving the recommended amount of exercise throughout your week.
A healthy heart is a happy heart.
What do I do from here if I want to reduce my risk of a Heart Attack?
1. Move more every day through reducing the time you’re sitting, the more you move the lower your risk.
2. Achieve your 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate exercise each week, that’s about 30 minutes 5 days a week.
3. Quit smoking, you don’t have to do it alone, ask your GP for help today.
4. Add healthy options into your diet to lose weight and control cholesterol levels.
5. Speak to your GP about any concerns you may have regarding your heart and ensure you get regular check ups if you are 65+ years old.
Contact us today or book in to see our exercise physiologist and we can help you begin your journey to a healthier heart and life.
Look after that Heart,
If you would like further information, the following Australian Websites are a great source of information or