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Heart failure, the silent killer: How to identify the symptoms and take preventive measures

Did you know that heart diseases cause almost 20 million deaths worldwide, annually? Heart failure is one of these diseases, which has increased its incidence by up to 30% in the last decade, which is why we must emphasize the importance of an early diagnosis.

This is a condition that affects the cardiac structure, which occurs when the heart is not able to pump an adequate flow of oxygenated blood throughout our body. This leads to a low cardiac output producing arterial hypotension, decreased cognitive abilities, accumulation of fluid in lungs, abdomen, lower extremities, causing general discomfort.

The common causes of heart failure are myocardial infarction, coronary disease, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, congenital heart anomalies, pulmonary hypertension, alcoholism, among others.

This pathology can be controlled, and the patient's condition can be stable with actions that alleviate their symptoms, which is why Alpha Research Institute offers you some tips to prevent this illness that will help you keep your heart healthy:

  • Take care of your diet: lower the amount of sodium and moderate the consumption of carbohydrates.. Consume foods with a good amount of antioxidants and fibers (fruits/vegetables).

  • Do not hesitate to eat food rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, such as nuts (walnuts, almonds), avocado and olive oil. These will provide excellent cardiovascular protection.

  • Do physical exercise, such as walking or riding a bike. Remember that this improves your cardiometabolic, cognitive, and mental health.

  • Monitor your weight, blood pressure, and heart rate, regularly.

  • Find out if you present cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, or family history of cardiovascular disease.

  • Make positive changes in your lifestyle that will help you feel better, such as reading or meditating.

  • Avoid the consumption of alcohol, coffee, and sodas.

  • Avoid smoking

  • Visit your doctor regularly.

We invite you to help us advance our research by participating in our clinical study. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure and you are in the #Houston area, please fill out the form below. Schedule your appointment now! We are located at 6201 Bonhomme Rd, Suite 460-S Houston TX United States 77036

Yu, E., Malik, V. S., & Hu, F. B. (2018). Cardiovascular Disease Prevention by Diet Modification. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 72(8), 914-926.

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