After undergoing an open heart surgery back in 2010, Star Jones’ cardio program consisted of exercises performed for only nine minutes at a time with 1-minute breaks in between. However, seven years later, she has no issues powering through intense 45-minute SoulCycle classes. Talking at a press conference, the television personality described herself as the face of heart disease. Now she is keen on helping others to avoid heart complications and life-changing surgeries. While most factors are out of our control, such as genetics, for example, there are some that fall within our grasp, say American Heart Association officials.
Good Cholesterol Levels
Not all cholesterol is good for one’s overall health. However, there are some foods that are recommended by specialists to improve heart health such as avocados and whole grains. Also, focusing one’s diet around antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids could help individuals to lower the levels of cholesterol. Of course, as long as people stay clear of high-fat animal products, fried foods, oils, and saturated fats, says Star Jones.
In order to maintain a healthy blood pressure, people at risk of high disease are encouraged to engage in moderate physical activity at least for half an hour, five days a week. Also, in order to keep blood pressure in check, physicians recommend patients at risk to limit alcohol intake and consume low-sodium and properly balanced meals.
American Heart Association officials cannot stress enough the importance of knowing your numbers, Jones says. Hence, the association’s official website offers advice to people at risk of heart disease on how to calculate their body mass index (BMI) and what are the best ways to lose excessive weight.
Treats and Vices
Health experts say carbonated sugary drinks are just as harmful to the heart as smoking. Hence, physicians recommend the population at risk to stay clear from candy and sodas and promote a healthy lifestyle with balanced meals and regular workout sessions. Even more so for diabetics and people who suffer from other chronic conditions and have a weak immune system.
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