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1 In 3 My Life readers have had heart problems

1 In 3 My Life readers have had heart problems

You take care of the health of your heart ? Near Women's Day in 2018 we did a survey to find out how our readers take care of this aspect of your body. According to the survey, 17.8% of our readers have some health problems in the heart at the moment, such as hypertension (pressure high), infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Another 18.1% have had some heart condition throughout life.

The incidence of heart problems is greater with age. Only 20% of readers under the age of 18 have already had some heart condition. On the other hand, more than 60% of respondents aged 60 years or older have had heart problems.

This higher number of age-related cardiac conditions may be related to several factors that appear over the years. Among them is the menopause. It is a natural process of the female organism and marks the end of the climacteric, which is the transition between the fertile and the unfertile period of the woman. With the menopause, the woman becomes more susceptible to heart problems.

History issue

In addition, 84% of readers said there are cases of other people in the family with heart problems. Checking the incidence of diseases that affect the heart in other family members can help a person to keep good habits early, preventing himself against a disease that often does not so if you have a relative with high cholesterol or hypertension, or you are the child of a person who has had a heart attack or stroke, see a doctor for tests - such as echocardiogram, cholesterol count, blood pressure blood pressure - and change your habits, such as maintaining a balanced diet and exercising, before the problem worsens.

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What Affects Your Health Numerous factors can affect the health of our heart, from the feeding to the family history of heart disease. However, some small day-to-day habits that at first sight may not be related to the heart can contribute to long-term health.

Among them, day-to-day running directly affects our mood, quality of our sleep and how we deal with stress in general. And in the long run, these aspects may contribute (or prevent) to the development of some heart conditions, such as high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and even a heart attack.

For those interviewed who consider stress to be detrimental to their health, 38% have already had heart problems. While for those who claim that stress is not harmful, only 31% have ever had any condition in their heart. This demonstrates that the way stress affects us can have an impact on our health. According to the cardiologist Maria Angela Plácido, those who live a stressful routine releases high levels of hormones that cause instability in the body. Adrenaline is one of them. "It works by increasing heart rate and blood pressure, which can culminate in a heart attack and even lead to death."

Cortisol, another hormone released during stressful situations, can cause deaths in people who already have cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

.

Therefore, it is important to find a daily balance to avoid stress spikes. And the first step is to identify what makes us stressed, which can help solve problems and thus minimize their effects on health. For our readers, problems with money (51.3%), relationships (48.3%) and the family (46.9%) are the main cause of everyday stress.

Sleep Quality

Sleep is also key to heart health in the long run. According to the WHO, the ideal is to have about 8 hours of sleep to replenish the energies and rest at night. However, only 28.9% of respondents sleep 8 hours or more, while the vast majority, 71.1% sleep 7 hours or less. In addition, 73.6% said they would like to sleep more, because they wake up tired and wanting to go back to sleep. According to the president of the Brazilian Society of Hypertension (SBH), Artur Beltrame Ribeiro, sufferers of sleep dysfunctions presents more variability of the pressure and the increase is linked to the damage of the target organs, such as the heart, brain and kidneys. Finally, long work routines can also impact heart health. The majority of the interviewees (45.3%) work more than 8 hours a day and 78.2% have domestic chores, such as taking care of their children and cleaning the house after work.

This double working day can do with which over a short time for a good night's sleep and for leisure, two important escape valves for stress and that can bring benefits to heart health in the long run.

But what to do to improve heart health ?

Even with day-to-day running, it is important to find the necessary balance so that stress and anxiety do not harm the health of the heart in the long run.

So we have met 12 habits that can help to protect the health of the heart.

About the research

The data refer to the research "Heart Health of Women", made by My Life in March 2018 with the readers of the portal. The basis of analysis is 686 valid answers, composed only by women, of all ages. To know more, contact us by e-mail: [email protected]


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