Dr David Luu

HEART-HEALTHY LIFESTYLE | 7 rules to prevent heart disease

Certain foods or habits can increase your heart disease risk, start with these 7 rules to start having a heart-heathly lifetsyle.

1. EAT AND DRINK REAL


Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains


Reduce salt, fat and cholesterol intakes


Drink water, avoid sodas


Check the origins of meat and fish


Avoid the common processed food products such as diet product and ready to cook meals which content to much sodium, sugar or satured fat.

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Tips: try to eat simple and natural food and control your portions

 
2. MORE PLEASURE

Pleasure and excitation increase hormons production such as endorphins, which are a natural pain and stress fighter.

Tips: practice regular exercise, sexual activity, massage or acupuncture….

 
3. SLEEP WELL

Poor sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (clogging or hardening of the arteries), heart failure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Tips: sleep a minimum of 6 hours per night and take a 15 minutes nap during the day.

 
4. MOVE MORE

This is what happen when you exercise at leat 30 minutes everyday:

Reduction in body weight


Reduction in blood pressure


Reduction in bad (LDL and total) cholesterol  and increase in good (HDL) cholesterol


Increase in insulin sensitivity


Tips: try to start with a 15 minutes physical activity every morning, take the stairs rather than the elevator, walk instead of using transportation.

 
5. ADOPT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

People with a positive attitude tend to adopt other healthier behaviors, such as eating better, sleeping better, exercising more and not smoking. A positive outlook may also reduce levels of stress hormones and inflammatory markers. People who are positive are more likely to do things to take care of themselves.

Tips: avoid negative thoughts and people, give everything a chance, do what makes you happy, take care of your appereance.

 
6. ENJOY THE NATURE

Air pollution could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, potentially undoing all of the benefits of healthy living. Pollution hardens arteries throughout the body, which in turn reduces blood flow and makes it more difficult for the heart to do its job effectively.

Tips: consider taking a break from polluted urban aeras and escaping to the more natural contryside.

 
7. HAVE SOME FUN AND LAUGH

Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack.  People with heart disease generally laughed less, even in positive situations and they displayed more anger and hostility.

Tips: incorporate laugher into your daily activities by spending time with your friends and working on your sense of humor.

 
Start investing in your heart as a powerful heath asset! Cardiovascular diseases are preventable and you can start today, every step is important.

www.drdavidluu.com
Jan 19

HEART-HEALTHY LIFESTYLE | 7 rules to prevent heart disease

Certain foods or habits can increase your heart disease risk, start with these 7 rules to start having a heart-heathly lifetsyle.

1. EAT AND DRINK REAL

Tips: try to eat simple and natural food and control your portions

 

2. MORE PLEASURE

Pleasure and excitation increase hormons production such as endorphins, which are a natural pain and stress fighter.

Tips: practice regular exercise, sexual activity, massage or acupuncture….

 

3. SLEEP WELL

Poor sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (clogging or hardening of the arteries), heart failure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Tips: sleep a minimum of 6 hours per night and take a 15 minutes nap during the day.

 

4. MOVE MORE

This is what happen when you exercise at leat 30 minutes everyday:

Tips: try to start with a 15 minutes physical activity every morning, take the stairs rather than the elevator, walk instead of using transportation.

 

5. ADOPT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

People with a positive attitude tend to adopt other healthier behaviors, such as eating better, sleeping better, exercising more and not smoking. A positive outlook may also reduce levels of stress hormones and inflammatory markers. People who are positive are more likely to do things to take care of themselves.

Tips: avoid negative thoughts and people, give everything a chance, do what makes you happy, take care of your appereance.

 

6. ENJOY THE NATURE

Air pollution could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, potentially undoing all of the benefits of healthy living. Pollution hardens arteries throughout the body, which in turn reduces blood flow and makes it more difficult for the heart to do its job effectively.

Tips: consider taking a break from polluted urban aeras and escaping to the more natural contryside.

 

7. HAVE SOME FUN AND LAUGH

Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack.  People with heart disease generally laughed less, even in positive situations and they displayed more anger and hostility.

Tips: incorporate laugher into your daily activities by spending time with your friends and working on your sense of humor.

 

Start investing in your heart as a powerful heath asset! Cardiovascular diseases are preventable and you can start today, every step is important.

www.drdavidluu.com

AFRICA: Cardiovascular diseases kill more than HIV

Cardiovascular diseases become contagious!

For many years public health efforts have focused on infectious diseases such as HIV, but the trends are changing.  There is a misconception that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are more frequent among the wealthy. But the poor communities have a double burden: infectious diseases and CVD. Did you know that 30% of the population in Sub-Saharian Africa is obese, which a major risk factor for CVD.
 The challenge is to create awareness on CVD in a way that captures the attention not just of international institutions and policy makers but also health investors. The media plays a critical role in social mobilisation and awareness campaigns. Collaborative initiatives with national ministries of health and other agencies that have specialised knowledge in CVD would contribute to bringing about changes in attitudes affecting african children’s health.  Source: WHO World Health Report 2002 Photo Credit J Luoh 
Jan 3

AFRICA: Cardiovascular diseases kill more than HIV


Cardiovascular diseases become contagious!

For many years public health efforts have focused on infectious diseases such as HIV, but the trends are changing. 
 
There is a misconception that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are more frequent among the wealthy. But the poor communities have a double burden: infectious diseases and CVD. Did you know that 30% of the population in Sub-Saharian Africa is obese, which a major risk factor for CVD.

 
The challenge is to create awareness on CVD in a way that captures the attention not just of international institutions and policy makers but also health investors. The media plays a critical role in social mobilisation and awareness campaigns. Collaborative initiatives with national ministries of health and other agencies that have specialised knowledge in CVD would contribute to bringing about changes in attitudes affecting african children’s health.
 
 
Source: WHO World Health Report 2002 Photo Credit J Luoh
 

We went into Maryem’s house to meet her family. She needs heart surgery.
Dec 7

We went into Maryem’s house to meet her family. She needs heart surgery.

My little patient before heart surgery with the mauritanian crew. She is doing fine. #africa #hope
Dec 5

My little patient before heart surgery with the mauritanian crew. She is doing fine. #africa #hope

Proud to team up with my mauritanian friend Dr Ly and perform first pediatric heart surgery cases in Mauritania. Today we operated 3 children. Congrats Mohamed #africapower #changinglives
Dec 4

Proud to team up with my mauritanian friend Dr Ly and perform first pediatric heart surgery cases in Mauritania. Today we operated 3 children. Congrats Mohamed #africapower #changinglives

Morning patient review #africa #heartsurgery
Dec 4

Morning patient review #africa #heartsurgery

Taking care of a 6kg baby after heart surgery #Africa
Dec 4

Taking care of a 6kg baby after heart surgery #Africa

Trying to make a #kid #smile. #noteasy #haiti #heartdiseases #life #love #hope #tbt
Aug 8

Trying to make a #kid #smile. #noteasy #haiti #heartdiseases #life #love #hope #tbt

8 hands for 1 heart. Surgery of the day. #ballet #orchestra #heartsurgery #heart #love #live #children
Aug 7

8 hands for 1 heart. Surgery of the day. #ballet #orchestra #heartsurgery #heart #love #live #children

Back in 2002 in #Africa. Missing these #kids. #memories #firstmission #hope #nevergiveup #dreams #love #fun
Aug 6

Back in 2002 in #Africa. Missing these #kids. #memories #firstmission #hope #nevergiveup #dreams #love #fun