How to Prevent Congestive Heart Failure

By | November 13, 2014

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Congestive heart fahavilure is a health condition that is caused by fluid that backs up in the lungs due to your heart’s inability to pump blood efficiently to the lungs and to the rest of your body.

Making a few minor changes in how you live your daily life can help prevent you from suffering from congestive heart failure.

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Exercise

One of the best ways you can prevent congestive heart failure is through exercise. Being active at least three times a week or more can help improve your heart health. It doesn’t have to be for long periods of time, 30 minutes at least would be preventative. Also a light yoga routine would also lower your level of stress as well relax your body.

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Limit salt intake

Limit your salt intake to 1.5 grams a day.  Try to not add any salt to the food that you are cooking. Eliminate chips and other salty snacks from your diet. Make sure you are purchasing items which say low in salt tor low in sodium on the label.

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Healthy diet

Try and keep a healthy diet in general. Beverages with high sugar content should be avoided. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole-grain cereals, bread, and beans. Do not eat a lot of saturated or trans fats but instead eat foods with vegetable oil, olive oil and fishes like tuna or salmon.

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Quit smoking

A major cause of heart disease is smoking which can then lead to congestive heart failure. Quitting now can reduce your risk of having the disease.  Smoking increases your chance of having congestive heart failure by 60%.

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Don’t drink alcohol

Having a glass of wine before bed is good for your heart. However, too much alcohol can cause artery damage and put you at risk for congestive heart failure.

Manage your blood pressure

Increased blood pressure puts stress on the heart and puts you at risk. The best thing to do is to see your doctor regularly and make sure you stay active to keep your blood pressure down.

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