Protecting the Heart Health of Men

Protecting the Heart Health of Men
Every year hundreds of men die from heart attack or some other form of heart disease, some of which are sudden and unexpected. The sadness of this fact is that many of these deaths could most likely have been prevented or at the very least prolonged for a few more months or maybe even years.

Over the years there have been large amounts of research conducted on heart disease and its causes as well as what things work to prevent or prolong the condition from occurring in the first place. Exercise and good nutrition have always been high on that list including a few other things.

In this article we will discuss some of the things that research has shown to have a positive effect on heart health. Following these guidelines will help to keep your heart healthy and increase your chances of living a long and healthy life.

Heart disease in men

Almost all men at some point in their lives have lifted weights because they like the way it makes their muscles stand out. What many men aren’t aware of is that this activity is also good for the heart. The reason for this is that having stronger muscles keeps you from becoming overexerted as easily. This keeps your heart rate and blood pressure from increasing as much when carrying heavy items or performing other physical exertion. This can decrease the chances of experiencing a heart attack caused by physical strain.

It is a well known fact that olive oil is better than vegetable oil for cooking and eating. What is not so well known is that extra virgin olive oil is even better. Not all olive oil is the same and extra virgin olive oil is believed to lower cholesterol levels even more than refined olive oil.

Angioplasty is a procedure in which a balloon is inflated inside your coronary artery in an attempt to remove blockages and allow blood to resume flowing freely. Although this procedure is often successful it can also be very dangerous. In almost one third of these cases the artery is clogged again within six months time. It has recently been discovered that an alternative to angioplasty may not be effective. Statin drugs reduce cholesterol levels and taking higher dosages of these medications may reduce or prevent the need for an angioplasty. These medications work not only to clear the arteries but also expand them to allow more blood to flow through them.

Ramipiril is a prescription medication that has been used to treat high blood pressure. Recent studies show that this medication may also prevent not only heart attacks but strokes as well in addition to reducing the need for bypass surgery in some individuals.

Following these steps will not guarantee that you will live longer or that you won’t develop heart related issues such as heart disease or heart attack. It will however improve your chances of keeping these conditions at bay for a little longer when used in combination with proper diet and exercise.