This time of year, we all like to get together and celebrate life. But to do that, you have to be there…literally. While many people can have occasional arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), if you also have heart disease it dramatically increases your odds of a heart attack.
Since Dr. Smith makes it his business to keep his patients as heart healthy as possible, here are some tips to help you be sure you make those holiday gatherings this year.
Tips for preventing arrhythmias and heart disease
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and vitamin-rich foods
- Stop smoking
- Limit how much caffeine and alcohol you drink
- Try to eliminate any stressors, as much as possible
- Keep your appointments for your regular physical exams
Risk factors for arrhythmias and heart disease
It’s important to know the things you may be doing that increase your chance of developing arrhythmias. There are common risk factors:
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High-fat diet
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Sleep apnea
- Certain over-the-counter medications
- Certain dietary supplements and herbal remedies
- General aging
Keeping an eye on those risks can play a big part in whether you develop heart disease or heart arrhythmias. Of course, if you do notice signs that you have an arrhythmia, then it’s time to call Dr. Smith, your resource for correcting or at least managing your condition.