People are getting fatter, younger and we are seeing much more multivessel coronary artery disease
Maybe it’s that they are prediabetic or hypertension and don’t realize it.
But this will be an epidemic and something must be done about it.
No one needs to get heart disease, they all need to change lifestyle habits and undo risk for heart disease.
So how to prevent this
Go get a health check. Age in 20’s for girls, 30 for boys.
Body weight – BMI 25 or less
Regular exercise- more if you are younger, it will keep weight down, over 40 years it’s 80:20 rule! ( nutrition: exercise).
Nutrition- low carb, protein/fat diet / no sugar -ketogenic /Mediterranean diet is way to go – reduces weight, prevents diabetes, helps BP & cholesterol.
Leave salt out of diet / plate
Stressed at work / home, cannot cope, cannot work. Feeling tired and unwell. You need to do something about this. Did you know that chronic repeated stress independently increases risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke. That means stress is same as if you are a smoker .
Be careful how much alcohol you are drinking, less than 12 units per week is recommended amount.
Get your heart checked out with GP / Cardiology at any age. The longer you wait the greater the risk that something terrible might happen to you like stroke or heart attack – all you need is a few blood tests, a physical and ECG, maybe a stress test or cardiac CT.
If you are young, reaching 50 years with less than 1 heart risk factor predicts a 2% risk of future heart attack, if you are over 2 risk factors your looking at 70% chance for heart attack.
For strokes it’s the same.
So change now: stop bad things, get up and walk, less food and get checked out.
Did you know that changing what you are eating can treat most of your risk for future heart disease and stroke. What you need is support and a well structured successful program, ideally medically led, to understand your health needs but also to help you reduce risks for heart disease, cancer & strokes by making the correct food choices for you.
Dr Robert Kelly