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Best Life: 3 ways to protect yourself from heart disease

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 8:38 AM CST
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Every year, 600,000 Americans die of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But it is also one of the most preventable. Ivanhoe has new research that could help lower your chances for heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and accounts for one out of every four deaths!

“A lot of different things can result in the heart’s inability to circulate blood ranging from coronary disease to obesity, to uncontrolled high blood pressure,” explained Joshua Larned, MD, Medical Director of Heart Failure Services at Holy Cross Hospital.

And now a new study from the National Institutes of Health links hydration and heart health. The researchers found those who were not well hydrated had a higher risk of heart failure 25 years later.

The National Academy of Sports Medicine says drinking water is not the only way to stay hydrated. Twenty percent of water intake can come from fruits and veggies and 80 percent can come from beverages.

Also, the Journal of the American Heart Association reports that eating plant-based foods can benefit your heart at any age. A survey done by Massachusetts General Hospital showed that cutting 20% of sugar from packaged foods and 40 percent from beverages can prevent more than two million cardiovascular disease events, 490,000 cardiovascular deaths, and 750,000 diabetes cases in the U.S.

With the holiday season in full swing, spending time with family members may bring more than holiday joy. Research says spending time with friends and family can mitigate stress and fend off depression, which are risk factors for heart disease.

Contributors to this news report include: Jenna Ehrlich, Producer; and Roque Correa, Editor

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