– The ultimate guide to
promote heart health with diet. I've got so much material on this topic. So I've split the series
into three videos. You can still watch each one
of them as a standalone video, and I'm going to place the links to each in the description box below. This video will answer the question, why is it heart-healthy diet important? (upbeat music) Hello, welcome back to the channel. I'm Dr. Sylvia, a fellow
of the Royal College of general practitioners
in the United Kingdom. A lifestyle medicine practitioner, and the founder of AskAwayHealth. Why is it heart-healthy diet important? It's easy to forget about your heart when everything feels
okay, but unfortunately, so many of us in our
twenties, thirties or forties, hardly give it a second thought, unless we're born with a heart condition or develop problems, for example, palpitations or chest
pain related to angina.

But it is at this stage that
paying attention to your heart, even if it's just being
aware of how it works as you will do with your hair, skincare, developing muscles or bodybuilding will be a fantastic investment
to prevent future illness. Heart disease can develop very slowly. And these days we are finding there more and more health conditions
related to heart problems. There are many reasons for this. But women are at a significant
risk of heart disease, even though traditionally, we tend to find heart disease
earlier and more often in men. One of the reasons for this is because heart disease symptoms in women tend to go either unnoticed or ignored
or put down to other problems, unrelated to the heart. So the problem worsens
and the woman does not go to seek medical attention, and so things get really
bad or complicated. Another reason is the effect of estrogen. As a woman gets into her forties, she's also approaching the
transition phase into menopause or perimenopause. In fact, by the age of 40, many women are already perimenopausal. And that means that transition
has already started, even though you may not get too
many symptoms at that stage.

Before you get into menopause, your body has been
producing a lot of estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for
many reproductive functions, but in women it is protective to our heart and prevent the risk of heart disease. However, at menopause,
the estrogen levels fall and lead to the loss of that
protective effect on the heart. This means that by the time women get to the age of 60 to 65, when they have lost their
protective estrogen effects, they are at a similar
risk of heart disease, of developing heart disease
as men of the same age. Maintaining a healthy heart, means that you're less
likely to develop problems like high blood pressure,
angina and heart attacks. Cardiac arrest, heart failure,
or irregular heart rhythms, and the host of other
heart-related disease. All of these conditions can
mean a reduced quality of life and frequent trips to the hospitals with all the associated costs. They can also mean that the
number of years you live is shorter than it would have been with all the impact of that
on yourself and your family.

So these are some of the reasons why you should keep your heart healthy. But how do you do so? Thankfully, you don't have
to do too many big things. The heart is an organ made of muscle, with tubes of different
sizes coming in and out of it as they move blood around the body. It needs to pump properly, and these tubes need to
be free of any blockage in order to work well and keep you alive.

In addition, the average heart pumps about 9,000 liters of blood
around the body every day. That's a lot of work to do. In order to keep you alive, your heart needs to pump
properly and to do so, it needs lean non-fatty muscle. So it can do its work effectively. A fatty heart or one
that has diseased muscle is not able to carry out its job properly. In addition, if those tubes
in and outs of the heart or blood vessels, which I
mentioned earlier, get blocked, that also affects how well
the heart is able to pump.

And just like other muscles in our body, what we eat and how we move affects the health of our heart muscle. So your diet and your activity
are two principle ways that you can control and
invest in your heart health. Another way is avoiding
stress when you can. Of course, there are other
factors like our genes, which could increase our
risk of heart disease, but those are out of our control. So three things that we can
influence to some extent to promote our heart health. And our focus in this series of videos is a heart healthy diet. The goals of a heart healthy diet, are to eat foods that
help promote the best way for your heart to work. All of that essentially
translates to getting or maintaining healthy
levels of cholesterol and your blood pressure. Let me know in the comments section below what you're going to be doing to invest in your future heart health.

If this video has been helpful, don't forget to give it a like
and subscribe to the channel. So next time you're going to be looking at what are the best heart-healthy
foods that we need, or what are the components
of a heart healthy diet plan. While you're waiting for
that video to go live, check out these two here
and I'll see you again soon. (upbeat music).



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