(DGIwire) – One in every three deaths in the United States in 2013 was caused by heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, according to the American Heart Association’s 2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update. With the stakes so high, it is clearly vital for everyone to ensure their heart stays as healthy as possible. Here are seven tips to keep that ticker in tip-top shape:
Don’t smoke or use tobacco. Smoking or using tobacco of any kind is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease, says the Mayo Clinic. Chemicals in tobacco can damage heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries.
Exercise for about 30 minutes daily. Getting some regular, daily exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, the Mayo Clinic reports. It can help control weight and reduce chances of developing other conditions that may put a strain on the heart.
Manage blood pressure. If blood pressure gets too high, the extra force has shown it can damage artery walls and create scar tissue, making it harder for blood and oxygen to get to and from the heart, reports WebMD. Get blood pressure checked at least once every two years.
Slash saturated fats. Too much “bad” cholesterol has shown it can clog the heart and arteries with dangerous plaque, according to WebMD. This comes mostly from saturated and trans fats, found in red meat, full-fat dairy products and fried or processed foods.
Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight can lead to conditions (e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes) that increase the risk of heart disease. Even a small weight loss can be beneficial, reports the Mayo Clinic.
“There are numerous steps that can be taken to ensure proper heart health,” says John Bentivoglio, CEO of Event Cardio Group, a developer of medical diagnostic equipment for the detection and preventive treatment of high-risk diseases. “Another step is to allow the heart to be monitored by a technology that can give doctors a clear view of any irregularities.” Event Cardio Group has developed NowCardio™, a non-invasive continuous heart monitoring device that is both leadless and wireless, offering the functionality of Holter, event and mobile cardiac telemetry in a single device.
While other devices offer combinations of these tests, not all offer all three in a single device that is leadless and wireless. Plus there is the added advantage of real-time streaming of all ECG data for medical professionals. And patients can even go swimming with it. Ultimately, the design of the device may help to improve patient compliance, leading to a higher diagnostic yield. According to a study published in Current Cardiology Reviews, traditional Holter monitoring only yields 6.2 percent compliance.
In June 2016, NowCardio was cleared for sale within Canada upon receipt of a Class 2 Medical Device License from Health Canada. Event Cardio Group plans to apply for 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and then a C.E. mark in the EU. The company also recently agreed to purchase the National Cardiac Monitoring Center in Maryland to help introduce its NowCardio™ heart monitoring system in the U.S.
“A healthy heart is vital for a healthy life, and technology is making it easier than ever to detect any warning signs in a timely fashion,” adds Mr. Bentivoglio.