Spanning 60,000 miles, your arteries are a significant part of your body and the health of your arteries is a huge factor for your risk for heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular problems.
This is because arteries are the pathways that carry blood to and from your heart, ensuring the transport of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
If you want to get in tune with your artery health, try asking yourself the following questions:
1) What Is Your Blood Pressure?
Is your blood pressure normal (120/80 mmHg), high (over 120/80 mmHg), or a little on the low side?
If you don’t know your blood pressure, it’s time to visit your doctor to have it checked. Regular blood pressure readings will help you take better care of your arteries.
Your answer will tell you a lot about the condition of your blood vessels. High blood pressure is usually an indication of too much sodium in your diet, artery blockage, or another underlying health issue.
For other great blood pressure tips, read:
2) Is Your Diet Clean?
Examine what you’re eating on a daily basis. If your diet consists of whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and veggies, you’re doing great! Not to mention the occasional glass of red wine, and a bit of dark chocolate. However, if your diet is high in sugar, sodium, and bad fats, you’re likely setting your arteries up for eventual failure.
If you’re ready to clean up your diet for the sake of your arteries, and your heart health, check out these tips:
3) Are You Being Picky About Your Fat?
As we discuss a lot on our blog, there is a light and dark side to everything. A diet full of good fats, such as polyunsaturated fats and Omega-3s, is going to lead you to victory when it comes to healthy cholesterol levels and keeping clogged arteries at bay.
However, if you’re getting too much saturated and trans fat from packaged and processed foods, fast food, or desserts, then it’s time to rethink things.
To learn more about fat and the role it plays in heart health, read:
4) Are You Moving Around?
One hour of physical activity. That’s all we (and your doctors) are asking of you! One hour a day of moving around, getting that heart rate up, and your blood pumping.
Physical activity is so important to heart health because it helps eliminate excess fat in the blood and around your organs, and it strengthens your heart to be even better at it’s crucial job.
Learn more about getting active for your heart! May we suggest:
5) How Do Your Feet Feel?
Seriously. How are your feet today? Do they feel a little numb, tingly? Are your legs cramping at all?
If so, this might be a sign of Peripheral Artery Disease. PAD occurs when the arteries that lead to your extremities (legs, arms, hands, feet) are blocked by plaque or artery hardening (atherosclerosis). Next time you go to the doctor for a physical, he might check for a pulse in your feet, which will be indicative of artery health.
To learn more about PAD and other types of heart disease, read: 7 Types Of Heart Disease You Should Know About
6) How’s The Family?
We don’t mean to be nosy. We only ask because knowing your family medical history could really help you understand your own medical predispositions! If you got to the doctor because of chest pain, it’s helpful (for you AND your doctor) to know that your father has high blood pressure and has already suffered a heart attack.
Family medical history and genes are helpful tools for medical professionals when it comes to diagnosing and treating cardiovascular issues, and understanding your particular case.
Our best advice? Talk to your family. Let them know that you have an important doctor’s appointment coming up, and you need to know everything you can about past medical problems, hospitalizations, or chronic health problems in your parents and grandparents!
7) Are You Paying Attention?
Are you in tune with your body and its needs? Are there telltale signs that something might be wrong? Do you know what your symptoms mean?
Understanding warning signs and symptoms can help you take action with your artery health.
As always, don’t forget to learn more about L-Arginine Plus, and how nitric oxide could benefit your artery health!