MY SCORE ON CCC RISK PROFILE CALCULATOR IS LESS THAN 3WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
Based on this profile at this time you are at LOW risk of having significant coronary artery disease that might predispose you to develop symptoms or have a clinical event such as a heart attack.
For continued optimum heart health, the following recommendations apply:
1.A healthy diet low in saturated fats (red meat -beef or lamb), processed meat (bacon, ham, sausages, salamis), and also low in dairy and deep-fried foods – Including most take-away and fast foods) and very high in fish, some chicken (with not much skin), lots and lots of vegetables, fruit, salad and nuts. Oats for breakfast, avocadoes, 4-6 eggs a week and a small amount of other white meats is recommended.
2.Regular exercise at least 5 days a week. A minimum of 40 minutes walking with some brisk bursts for 30 seconds is a good start. Bike riding, swimming and racquet sports are all great. Additional training for strength, core stability and flexibility (Pilates, yoga, personal trainer) will be of great assistance.
3. Relaxation and a healthy work-life balance are important goals. Regular breaks, avoiding work overload and identifying and managing stress are vital for good health. Professional assistance if things are making daily coping difficult is recommended with a GP, counselor, psychologist. Meditation, yoga, tai-chi are all great ways if done regularly of achieving a calmer, happier and more positive outlook.
4. Make time for relationships, family time, social activities, having fun, hobbies, recreation, personal space and “down time”. Being happy is great for the heart!
5. Avoiding smoking is rule number 1!! Absolutely nothing is worse for your health. If you are smoking give up NOW!!!!!!!
6. Take it easy with coffee, alcohol and don’t even think about recreational drugs.
It is highly recommended that you reassess your CCC risk profile score in 3 years.
If you think you are experiencing any concerning heart symptoms such as chest pain, breathlessness, dizziness, blackouts or palpitations (awareness of heart beating rapidly or irregularly) you should see you GP or if you feel very unwell present to your nearest hospital straight away for a check.
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