Number One Killer of People
You’d be forgiven for thinking that all parts of your body are the same age. But a recent study of middle-aged men has shown that one in ten has a’ dead’ spirit. Heart disease is still the number one killer of people, and these’ aging’ hearts tend to be aged as a result of narcotics, cigarettes, alcohol, bad diet and stress.
Sudden death of the heart. It’s hardly a subject you’d like to read about, but we have a good reason to bring it up. A new major survey by the American Heart Association found that one in nine people will have a blue heart attack before the age of 70.
Yes, that’s a scary statistic. But why haven’t we heard of this before? Because it’s extremely difficult to study unexpected heart attacks because they are, yeah, unexpected.
So how do scientists narrow down what people are worth studying? From studying people who choose not to lead a healthy life – evidence has shown smoking and reducing exercise increases your chances of sudden cardiac arrest from 12 per cent. And the study says that your chances are getting worse the better you are.
Reduce Risk of Heart Attack
So, this leaves one major question: how do you reduce the risk of a heart attack? Thankfully, the study highlighted a few safe cardiac essentials:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce your cholesterol level
- Give up smoking
But what if you want to reduce your chances further? What if, say, you’re looking for 17 simple tips to boost your heart’s health? Okay, you’ve just come to the right place…
- Bust the mic Be the Jay Z of Beyonce. A Swedish study found that singing improves your heart rate variability, making you resilient to heart arrest.
- See the light direct exposure of the sun boosts BP-lowering nitric oxide. Roll up your sleeves to make a quick hit.
- Cut cheese Dairy fans are less likely to have bad cholesterol,
- Sink Stress Burnt-out people will reduce their risk of stress-induced heart attacks by swimming twice a week,
- Cop a lung Take six deep breaths in 30 seconds to lower BP by up to 4 points.
- Stay strong Quit the mid-week HIIT class: heavy lifting is a great way to expand the blood vessels. (S&C Research Journal)
- Add depth Squats raise good cholesterol; deep squats can see it spike. (Hypertension Journal)
- Life Bike End gym sessions on a static bike. The arteries are made more flexible by motion. (Hypertension Journal)
- Be a beta male Eat orange foods: pack healthy beta-carotene in your heart. Think of squashes, not wotsits. (Hypertension Journal)
- Salt of the Earth Low-salt diets can increase the risk of heart disease in healthy men. And while those with hypertension would do well to keep tabs on their consumption, lower intake for the general population was associated with a higher risk of early death. McMaster University
- Hit the road The Rhodiola rosea plant-turned-pill reduces stress and keeps the heart muscle healthy. (Ethno-pharmacology)
- Hear no evil for every 10dB of traffic noise outside your home, your heart attack risk increases by up to 10%. Plug your ears in the night.
- (Danish Cancer Society) Find cod the religion of MH has one tenet: eat cod daily (its protein is special) to drown our heart-damaging CRP. (Diary on Nutrition)
- Track Sabbath on Sundays, bring back HIIT. Alternate 15-30 sec jogging/sprinting for a healthier lipid profile. Enjoy the blood rush. (Journal of S&C Research)
- Budget squeeze A month of hand-grip training lowers BP by 10 percent. Try 4x2min tennis ball squeezes, perhaps while listening to the Chancellor speak.
- Whey to bulk A University of Reading study found that consuming 56 g of protein per day could reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 8 per cent. We’re going to shake that. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
- It’s 17. Heart it or hate it Hungry scientists at the University of Bristol have found that when eaten three times a week, Marmite can enhance heart function in healthy adults and help prevent cardiovascular disease. The embarrassment of the post-Brexit scarcity.