Show your heart some love

Your heart's day-to-day health may not be a frequent concern. Valentine's Day may be the ideal opportunity to stop and think about it. 

The heart: the organ of love and life!

On Valentine’s Day, the heart is celebrated and we see its image everywhere around us. However, beyond the pleasure and joy that these heart-shaped candies, paper cut-outs, and chocolates give us, have you ever stopped to think about the flesh-and-blood heart that keeps you alive? The heart that beats to the rhythm of your emotions, feelings, and activities? Although its presence is rarely felt, your heart deserves all of your attention.

The heart, the vital organ that pumps blood, is characterized by an odd combination of strength and fragility. Unfortunately, it's often when the heart begins to fail that we become thoroughly awar of its importance. It is essential to take good care of it, and is equally important to preserve the health of the blood vessels that work with it to help blood flow throughout the body.

In terms of cardiovascular health, it is clearly worth thinking ahead. Adopting the appropriate preventive measures can prevent deep remorse and regrets. 

Granted, a heart can suffer from love, but it can also be affected by a number of health problems. Blood vessels can also be damaged, jeopardizing their ability to function.

 Cardiovascular diseases include several various conditions, of which the following are undoubtedly the most well-known:

In addition to their impact on well-being and quality of life, they can lead to serious consequences, including death. 

Prevention first

The principle of " an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is well-suited to cardiovascular health. Taking care of your heart is within everyone's reach. Here is some valuable advice:

  • Eat well. Find out about the various elements of nutrition that promote a healthy heart.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Aim for and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Quit smoking.

  • Reduce your salt consumption.

  • Maintain your cholesterol at the recommended levels.

  • If you are living with diabetes, monitor your blood glucose closely.

  • If you have high blood pressure, make sure it is under control.

  • Be sure to take all of your medications regularly, even the ones prescribed to you as a preventive measure, like low-dose aspirin.

  • Reduce stress and learn to better control it.

Prevention first - heart

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the different options available to you for preventing cardiovascular disease. Never begin a preventive treatment without first having discussed the benefits and risks with a health professional.

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Show your heart some love

On Valentine’s Day, the heart is celebrated and we see its image everywhere. However, with all these heart-shaped candies and paper cut-outs, have you ever stopped to think about the flesh-and-blood heart that keeps you alive? In terms of cardiovascular health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Cardiovascular diseases, such as myocardial infarctions or cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs or strokes), can have serious consequences, including death.
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