- No smoking.
- Monitor your diet. It should be varied; excessive consumption of fatty and sweet foods should be excluded.
- Move. You need to walk about 3 km per day.
- Measure blood pressure regularly. Pressure drops are a serious reason to consult a cardiologist.
- Measure the level of cholesterol in the blood (especially after 40 years).
Movement is life. The rabbits confirmed
An interesting experiment confirming the need for physical activity for the correct functioning of the heart was put on rabbits.
Researchers at the Institute of Clinical Cardiology placed rabbits in movement-restricting cages (the size of an animal’s body). The animals were in this state for 70 days. Microscopic examination of the heart muscle of rabbits after being in cramped cages showed a terrifying picture. A large number of contractile fibers of the heart simply atrophied. The cardiac conduction system was disrupted, the walls of the capillaries began to grow inward, narrowing their lumen. Poor rabbits who experienced forced hypodynamia gave us a very powerful reason to think about our lifestyle.
Nutrition for the heart
For the heart to work properly, it is necessary to feed your body with vitamins, potassium and magnesium, in case of diseases, to help the heart muscle to saturate with oxygen.
Below we will consider a small list of products that need to be consumed for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system.
Potassium is found in dried apricots, fresh potatoes (preferably cooked in peels), grapes, raisins, bananas, pumpkins, beans.
Magnesium is found in greek, rice, rolled oats, nuts (cashews, sesame), pumpkin and sunflower seeds, milk, olives, wheat bran, seaweed, pink salmon caviar. These foods should be eaten as often as possible, but at least 3 times a week.
It is possible, according to the doctor’s prescription, to take medications containing minerals necessary for the heart (for example, asparkam, panangin, cardio-active, magne-B6, magnerot).
If a cardiologist detects hypoxia of the heart muscle, he can prescribe drugs that help deliver oxygen to the myocardium. For example, dihydroquercetin, succinic acid, mildronate (cardionate), riboxin.
For the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, it is necessary to take angioprotectors. Literally this term is translated as “protection for blood vessels”. The angioprotectors include preparations of motherwort, strawberry leaves, hawthorn fruits. Hawthorn preparations dilate the blood vessels of the heart, contribute to the enrichment of blood with oxygen, with prolonged use, they steadily reduce blood pressure, relieve shortness of breath, and lower cholesterol levels.
The aforementioned dihydroquercetin is also referred to as angioprotective agents. This is a substance obtained from coniferous wood – larch. It also has antioxidant, detoxification, hepatoprotective, radioprotective and anti-edema effects. Dihydroquercetin is a part of the capilar dietary supplement, which is in great demand among people with diseases of the cardiovascular system.
To prevent heart disease, cholesterol must be lowered. Infusions of red clover and meadowsweet are well suited for this. Tavolga also has an immunomodulatory effect, and also reduces prothrombin. Vitamin C has an antioxidant effect; it is known to be a prophylactic agent of ischemia. In combination with the vaso-strengthening routine, vitamin C is part of the proven drug Askorutin.
Antioxidant activity is possessed by infusions of buckwheat herb, green tea, clove flowers, mint leaves, lemon balm.