American Heart Association Guidelines
The American Heart Association has many guidelines for different issues. The average person does not need to know what the American Heart Association's guidelines for cardiologists are. Knowing how to prevent heart conditions in diabetes patients is useful to many people. The broadest category of information that is useful to the average person concerns diet and exercise.
- Diet. The American diet, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, does little to improve the nation's overall heart heart health. Don't worry. Dou do not have to go vegan to follow the American Heart Association's guidelines. If you want to achieve better heart health, you need to cut down on your intake of red meats and high cholesterol foods. You should also avoid foods high in sodium.
- Exercise. Adults and children should get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily. Taking one day a week off is acceptable. A few extra minutes of daily exercise is good, but you should not overdo it either. Aerobic exercise works best to promote heart health.
- Cigarettes and Tobacco. Cigarettes are known as cancer sticks and cause other health problems as well. Prolonged smoking can increase blood pressure and make the heart work harder. Avoiding tobacco completely is a good thing.
- Drinking Alcohol. The American Heart Association does not tell you that you need to stop drinking wine. They have not found similar benefits from beer, unfortunately. You do not have to drink wine if you do not want to. Grape juice provides many of the same benefits.
The full scope of the American Heart Association Guidelines cannot be covered here. The AHA brakes the topics down by guidelines to make it easier so a person interested in a certain topic can search for a specific item he's interested in alphabetically.