Lifestyle and Heart Disease

Lifestyle and Heart Disease
Dr. Sonny J.H. Wong Cardiologist Kailua, HI

Dr. Sonny Wong has led a successful career as physician for 25 years. Being from New Zealand, Dr. Wong attended University of Otago Medical School, graduating in 1978.  He went on to complete further training in the United States  at the University of Hawaii, and the University of Nevada.  Bering certified in Cardiology... more

A healthy life style does a lot in preventing heart attacks and strokes. 

Cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, along with obesity and physical inactivity are all risk factors that everyone can control. 

Ideally one should maintain a reasonable body weight and in terms of good health a BMI less than 29 is helpful. 

High cholesterol can be controlled with a healthy diet that emphasizes lots of whole foods, fruits and vegetables with whole grains. Red meat, chicken and fish, which are all high in saturated fat should be kept to a minimum, perhaps a meal a week. Sugar in its many forms should be avoided that is sodas, candy, cakes and cookies. Fried food is off limits. Oils should be kept to a minimum. 

Blood pressure should be well controlled with diet, exercise and medications as needed to maintain a BP= or lower than 130/80. 

Diabetes can be controlled with diet and medications. 

Cigarettes need to be stopped 

Exercise should be something that is enjoyable and should occur most days of the week. Walking is ideal for half an hour a day. Running, jogging, swimming all can be enjoyed. Any movement is better than none at all. Work in the garden and yard work all count. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park a block from work and walk. 

I hope these tips will get people motivated to change. Prevention is the best medicine!