The New Year is traditionally a time when we take stock of our lives and aim to make improvements to our health. The vascular system – the heart, veins, arteries and circulation – is an element of our health that should never be overlooked. Maintaining good vascular health is essential for keeping the body working properly and staving off disease.
If this year comes with aspirations to improve your health, making the effort to keep the vascular system working well would be a good place to start. Take a look at the following ways to improve your vascular health in 2018.
Give up smoking
Smoking is one of the leading preventable cause of premature death in the U.K. Tobacco smokers are at a higher risk of developing vascular problems that can lead to chronic diseases. Smoking causes fatty build-ups to clog the arteries, which can lead to several types of cancer, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
If you smoke, one of the best ways to improve your vascular health in 2018 is to give up the habit.
Improve your blood circulation
A healthy vascular system relies on a healthy flow of blood around the body. One of the most effective ways to get the blood flowing freely is to carry out regular exercise. Whether it’s joining a gym, taking the dog for a walk, or going on jogs, regular exercise will improve blood circulation, promote the growth of new blood vessels and help improve and maintain good vascular health.
Eat a low cholesterol diet
Eating a healthy diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol will reduce the risk of plaque building up in the arteries. A plaque build-up in the arteries prevents the blood flowing to and from the vessels and can cause a disease known as atherosclerosis.
As Allina Health notes, for every pound of fat, the heart has to pump blood through what equates to an extra mile’s worth of blood vessels. If you are overweight, losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight through a sensible diet and regular exercise, will help keep the vascular system in a good working condition.
Keep an eye on your blood pressure
High blood pressure can lead to arterial damage, putting you at risk of heart failure, kidney damage, a heart attack and a stroke. Blood pressure should be no higher than 140/90. Carrying out regular exercise, eating a healthy balanced diet and maintaining a good weight, will help keep your blood pressure at a normal rate.
If you need more advice about vascular health and treatment for certain vascular conditions, get in touch with the vascular experts at The Vascular Consultancy.