Diet and exercise: important parts of cardiovascular risk reduction according to Christian Heesch

We recently interviewed Christian Heesch, a physician whose practice focuses on the treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels, asking him about effective ways to reduce our risk of heart attack or stroke later in life. Here is what he had to say:

“The sooner in life you implement healthy lifestyle choices, the longer you will be able to enjoy the benefits”, Christian Heesch said. “Get your cholesterol checked, get your blood pressure measure, and check on your weight. If the results are less than desirable, get working on them right away. And, obviously, don’t do anything to hurt your health, such as cigarette smoking.”

“Diet and exercise are really the main pillars of cardiac risk reduction. Aerobic exercise four to five times a week, in conjunction with a heart healthy and sustainable diet will go a long way to keep the heart going. In terms of dietary choices, most physician will tell you that fruits and vegetables should make up the majority of what we eat, with fish, nuts, and peanuts to supplement our food. Stay away from meats, especially processed meats, as they can hurt our cardiovascular system in the long run”, Christian Heesch continued. Also, if you do suffer from chronic conditions such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, or diabetes, effective control is of paramount importance. Many drugs treating these conditions have independent beneficial effects on the heart. Talk to your physician about medication changes that might help you improve your cardiovascular risk profile. Once you have made the necessary changes in your lifestyle, try to stay with the program for the rest of your life. Long term efforts will often reap long term benefits.”

Author: Robert Strong