I love that you are thinking about your future health now! In your 20’s focus on a healthy diet and exercise. Read nutrition labels and focus on low sodium, low fat, and high fiber. Fill your plate with veges, fruits, whole grains, legumes and fish. Don’t smoke. Stay active and keep exercising!
Radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) can be very effective in restoring normal heart rhythm. Success rates vary depending upon the underlying cause of the AF. So patients with cardiomyopathy may not benefit as much. I would discuss this approach with your doctor, however, as it may be an option for you.
Hi Rosemary! This is a great question because there’s a lot of confusion around this. Most of the cholesterol circulating in our bloodstream is actually made inside our bodies rather than absorbed from the food we eat, and saturated fats promote cholesterol production. So limiting your saturated fat is more impactful that reducing cholesterol intake.
You’ve hit the nail on the head – just like so many people, when you have emotional issues, it sounds like you eat poorly. Recognizing this is key. You may want to try a different kind of talk therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy. Also, explore relaxation techniques with meditation and yoga to learn how to handle stress. Anticipate your desire for the comfort food and find some healthier go to food options like air popped popcorn.
This is a frequent issue in medical practice. In general, I look at the whole person when I determine if someone should be on a statin. So if your only risk is high cholesterol, I would not be anxious to start medications (unless the LDL is greater than 190 mg/dL)). In some patients, checking a coronary calcium scan can be helpful to better determine if statins are necessary if the only risk is elevated cholesterol readings.
Hi Jo! In general, diastolic blood pressures (the bottom numbers) are very lifestyle related. So if you are out shape and overweight, it’s not too surprising that your diastolic BP has gone up. The great news is that you can absolutely reverse this!
I love this question! You might be surprised to hear a cardiologist say this but butter is better than margarine. But in reasonable/small amounts. Trans fats are not helpful for cholesterol management --- and in general, the more real/natural/unadultared the food, the better it is for you.
Alcohol is associated with increasing your HDL (good cholesterol). This seems to be most linked with wine. But overall alcohol intake should be limited - no more than one drink/night for women, 2 drinks/night for men. And binge drinking is terrible for your health.