Your Results: Your heart is healthy
It seems that you have been actively preserving the health of your heart, and your hard work and discipline will probably pay off in the long-run. By not smoking, eating healthy and exercising, you are keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure levels low, which are important in avoiding heart disease and future heart attacks. Look below to find out more about why your healthy habits are paying off. Live long and live well.
In Your Control:
* Smoking: Smoking damages the walls of the blood vessels, making it easier for fatty deposits to accumulate on them. * Diet: Your diet should be rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber. Avoid foods high in cholesterol, which means animal products such as eggs, cheese, red meat and butter, and watch out for saturated and trans fats too. * Exercise: Any exercise is a good start, but make sure to incorporate cardiovascular exercise into your workouts, and try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in every day. * Blood pressure: 120/80 mmHg is your ideal blood pressure. Anything over 140/90 mmHg is considered dangerously high and you should be evaluated by a medical professional immediately. * Cholesterol: Your total cholesterol level should be below 200 mg/dL. A total cholesterol level of 240 mg/dL is considered high. LDL (bad) cholesterol should be below 130 mg/dL and HDL (good) cholesterol should be above 40 mg/dL. * Stress: Try to keep levels of stress low, because when you're stressed out, you're more likely to overeat or smoke, increasing your risk factors for suffering a heart attack. * Overweight: If you're overweight, even by 20 pounds, and especially in the midsection, you're making your heart work too hard. * Diabetes: Diabetes increases your risk of heart attack, but even more so when blood sugar levels aren't controlled by insulin injections (type 1) or proper dietary habits (type 2).
Out of Your Control
* Family history: You're more likely to have at least one or two risk factors for heart disease and suffer a heart attack if a family member or members have also suffered from heart problems. * Gender: Men have a greater risk of suffering a heart attack, and have attacks earlier in life than women do. However, women are less likely to survive a heart attack than men. * Age: The risk of a heart attack increases with age. The highest risk occurs after 55 years of age for men and 65 years of age for women.