Why worry about heart health if you have kidney problems? Heart disease risks factors are greatly increased for people with kidney problems or that already are on dialysis. However with some preventative measures these risks can be reduced to a minimum.
Here are a few tips for anyone worried about their heart health:
1). Keep high blood pressure under control
Properly take any blood pressure medications prescribed by your doctors, and carefully watch your diet to ensure that your intake of salt and fluids does not become excessive.
2). Reduce high cholesterol levels
If your cholesterol is out of the range your doctor’s recommended levels, ask your doctor about changing your current levels of exercise and dieting regime. If these steps still prove ineffective, consider taking cholesterol medication.
3). Increase physical activity
The heart is a muscle, and left to unused it becomes less effective at doing its job. Increasing physical activity pushes the heart and makes it stronger, which in turn makes it easier on the heart to circulate your blood. Working out more also helps with unhealthy levels of cholesterol. Remember if you are new to working out, take the increase in your physical activity slowly so you do not cause yourself injuries.
4). Quit smoking
Smoking increases blood pressure and damages the lung’s ability to properly oxygenate the blood, which means more blood must be pumped through the body to properly supply the levels of oxygen necessary for cell function. This means the heart will pump harder and faster more often and increases your risks for heart attack. Ask your doctor for plans to help you stop smoking.
5). Reduce your stress levels
Constantly being stressed has been linked to increased risks for heart problems. If you feel that you constantly are having issues with emotion control or uncontrollable stress, consider asking for help from those close to you or from professionals such as a social worker.
Disclaimer: This blog should not be used as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before following the ideas presented here.
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