World Heart Day is September 29th and in honor of its spirit, we'd like to share the power of tips to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the world. Every year CVD causes 17.5 million deaths worldwide.
We should consider hearing health along with heart health.
Studies continue, but decades of research have found links between hearing loss and cardiovascular disease. The majority of people with heart disease experience hearing loss. Scientists believe that a low blood supply from an impaired cardiovascular system damages blood vessels in the inner ear, making sound difficult to receive.
The good news? Most heart disease can be prevented with a few lifestyle changes and that may also lead to improved hearing health. Here are some suggestions...
- Stop smoking: it's the single biggest change you can make to improve your heart health
- Eat and drink healthier: load up on fruits and veggies and less processed, salty
and sugary foods and beverages, like juice and alcohol
- Know your blood glucose levels: 60% of all deaths in people with diabetes are from CVD
- Exercise more: walk during your lunch hour, take the stairs, do activities with family or friends to make everyone accountable
- Avoid obesity: manage your weight and BMI
- Keep tabs on your blood pressure: it's the number one risk factor for CVD
- Check your cholesterol: keep levels low to avoid build up in your arteries
- Get your hearing tested: Click here for an easy way to set up an appointment with a hearing care professional today. You can also take a quick hearing quiz here.
If these small changes can help your heart health as well as your hearing health, it's a win-win for you and your family. Share the power of World Heart Day.