How Healthy is Your Heart?

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Everyday Tips for an Essential Organ

 

Whether you or your child suffers from ADD/ADHD, improving heart health benefits everyone. Your heart works hard day in and day out to pump blood through your entire body. Every cell in your body needs the oxygen and nutrients carried by your blood in order to live. Thus, a healthy heart influences the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, as the systems of the body are so interrelated.

You can take action and lessen your risk for heart problems and have your body working at its optimal performance level.

1. Keep your blood pressure in check

High blood pressure or hypertension can lead to a variety of cardiovascular complications and is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. It’s important to have your blood pressure checked at least once every two years, even when you don’t feel like anything is wrong.

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2. Keep blood vessels open by controlling cholesterol and triglycerides

High blood cholesterol can lead to a build up of plaque in the artery walls and narrow your arteries (atherosclerosis) which can make it harder for blood to flow through your heart and body, putting you at increased risk of circulatory problems, heart disease and stroke. Unhealthy levels of blood fats, cholesterol and triglycerides can also cause cardiovascular disease.

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3. Lifestyle changes and medication can help lower your risk factors

Choices than can help you lower your heart disease risk include:

  • Eating healthier
  • Getting and staying active
  • Using alcohol only moderately
  • Stopping the use of tobacco products
  • Reaching or maintaining a healthy weight

4. Manage your blood sugar

Keeping your blood sugar levels within optimal ranges can prevent or delay blood vessel damage. The best way to assess your blood sugar level over time is the hemoglobin A1C test. It reflects your average blood sugar control over the last three months.

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