Yourwellness Magazine Looks Into Heart Healthy Lifestyle Factors

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With a heart patient turning down a possible life-saving operation, Yourwellness Magazine explored the seven main lifestyle factors that affect heart health.

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A heart patient from West Yorkshire, whose condition means his heart could stop at any time, has turned down a possibly life-saving operation, it was announced August 27th. Liam Gawthorpe, 18, has told doctors he does not want a heart and lung transplant as he had seen too many people die after having undergone similar operations. John Dark, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Newcastle University and a member of the British Transplant Society, commented, “There is of course always a risk, especially if there has been previous surgery but the successful results of such operations are going up all the time.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-23854065)

Therefore, Yourwellness Magazine looked at the lifestyle factors that can affect heart health. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “Where your heart is concerned, your diet is hugely important. There are many things you may do out of habit, whether it’s exercising too little or eating the wrong foods, which could be having an impact on the health of your heart.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/08/seven-things-that-affect-your-heart-health/#sthash.eWALtPBV.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine outlined seven lifestyle habits which should be considered in order to maintain good heart health:

1. Diet. Avoid fatty foods and eat more fruits and vegetables. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries and strawberries, are a great choice, as well as oily fish which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.

2. Noise. Local noises are thought to impact heart attack risk because it disrupts sleep and increases stress levels.

3. Sleep. Not getting enough sleep puts significant stress on the heart and body.

4. Early healthy habits. Developing good lifestyle habits early on in life can help to protect heart health later on.

5. Smoking. This increases risk of cancers, lung disease and heart problems.

6. Work. Workplace stress and financial pressures increase stress on the heart and the risk of high blood pressure.

7. Seasonality. The winter season brings with it more cases of cardiac arrest, possibly because the cold weather affects how constricted blood vessels are.

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