Even those who eat incredibly well might have risk factors that can cause a heart attack. How much we eat regardless of what it is can impact our weight and heart health. Eating is a pleasurable activity but it doesn’t mean we should eat to oblivion (even fruit). For example, bananas are an excellent source of potassium, but they also contain a lot of sugar as they ripen. In addition, they contain anywhere from 70 to 130 calories each. A simple rule to keep in mind is whatever you consume, be prepared to burn off with a fair amount of movement.
What we drink can also impact our ticker’s function. Consider this before you visit your local coffee shop for a latte. One or two cups of coffee without any milk, sugar or cream isn’t so bad (4 ounces). Caffeine itself isn’t a problem in moderation but it can harden the blood vessels and over time increase blood pressure.
Soda has approximately 22 grams of sugar per each six-ounce can or bottle. The huge cups found at the convenience stores are about one liter or more. If the small can or bottle contains double the amount of our daily allowable sugar intake, you can only imagine what those super-size drinks contain. Sugar is known to be deadly in excess by many of our medical professionals. The food pyramid shows us how little should be consumed and it’s considered a treat. Think about these risk factors more.
Genetics can play a role in determining your risk for difficulties with cardiovascular health. Even those of us who appear to be thin can have high cholesterol. If one or both of our parents and some of our ancestors on either side of the family tree have had a heart attack, chances are we can suffer the same fate. During your next annual checkup consider providing your general practitioner or cardiologist with any family history or pertinent health information.