Heart disease is a general term used to describe a range of conditions that affect the cardiovascular system. This includes coronary artery disease, congenital heart diseases, and heart rhythm diseases (arrhythmias) such as atrial fibrillation (or AFib). Heart problems symptoms may include chest pains, angina, racing heartbeat, slow heartbeat, and swelling in the legs and arms.
Treatment for heart disease, such as an AED defibrillator, is effective when individuals experience AFib signs. The following are some foods that can help prevent heart diseases:
1. Fresh fruits and vegetables
Studies indicate that increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of heart diseases. Green vegetables such as kale, collard greens and spinach are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are also highly rich in vitamin K, which is vital in protecting the arteries and ensures proper blood clotting. Fruits such as berries and avocados contain essential nutrients that play a significant role in heart health. Moreover, they contain antioxidants such as anthocyanins that prevent inflammation that may result in heart diseases. Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which are associated with reducing the level of cholesterol. Also, fruits are rich in potassium, which is an essential nutrient to the heart.
2. Whole grains
Whole grains are well-known for their wealth in endosperm, germ and bran. Popular types include brown rice, wheat, oats, barley, buckwheat and whole wheat. They are highly rich in fibers that help reduce LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart diseases. Several studies have associated them with having health benefits for the heart. Additionally, multiple studies have found out that they reduce systolic blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of stroke. Refined grains are processed and contain fewer nutrients. Thus, individuals are advised to look for grains labeled with words such as ‘whole.’
Research studies indicate that incorporating nuts into your diet helps prevent heart diseases. Walnuts are highly rich in fiber and micronutrients such as copper, magnesium and manganese. Walnuts play an essential role in reducing LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol, thus preventing the risk of a heart attack. Also, they contain antioxidants that reduce inflammation and stress, hence reducing the risk of heart diseases. Additionally, they contain omega-3 healthy fats, which help prevent irregular heart rhythms that may lead to heart attacks. They are also highly rich in vitamin E, which stops the development of plaques in the arteries.
Fatty fish like sardines, tuna and salmon are highly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are well-known for their health benefits to the heart. This reduces the level of LDL cholesterol, hence reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Also, it is associated with reducing blood triglycerides, reducing blood clots, and decreasing blood pressure. Research indicates that eating salmon three times a week reduces the risk of heart diseases significantly.
5. Vegetable oils
Studies indicate that vegetable oil reduces LDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Experts indicate that oils that are poly and monounsaturated fats are heart-healthy. These include olive oil, avocado, almond, rice bran, almond, flaxseed, sunflower, sesame, flaxseed, grapeseed and canola oils. However, individuals should avoid oils that are highly saturated with fat, and only use these oils in moderation.