WHO Offers Tips to Lower Risk of Heart Disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 17.1 million people die of cardiovascular disease every year. WHO also added that the risk of cardiovascular disease increases as we age. A high percentage of this casualty rate is attributed to tobacco and cigarette smoking, which is a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

Tobacco in all forms is harmful. Cigarettes, cigars and chewable tobacco are all equally harmful. Moreover, inhaling second-hand smoke can be twice as dangerous as smoking. If a smoker quits, the risk of heart disease will significantly drop, and this can continue by as much as half after a year off tobacco.

While these statistics offer a grim picture, WHO offers a brighter side of things, reporting that around 80 percent of all premature heart attacks can be prevented through healthy diet, regular exercise and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.

A balanced and healthy diet is the key to a healthy heart. Fruits and veggies, lean meat and fish and whole grains should be part of each meal. Moreover, maintaining an ideal and healthy weight lowers the risk of various illnesses, including heart disease. Take at least 30 minutes to an hour of physical activity each day, for four to six days each week. It doesn't have to be rigid or strenuous. What's important is that you burn or sweat off the toxins and the excess pounds.

It is also important to know your blood pressure. High blood pressure doesn't usually show symptoms but can cause a sudden heart attack.