All of us wish to live a long and healthy life. This is possible if you take good care of your body. Your heart is the power station of your body. Any problem in it may lead to disabilities in our body. We must therefore take utmost care of the heart. A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to look after your heart.
1. Regular exercise is a must.
Physical activity on a regular basis helps protect the heart. It can be as simple as walking or jogging for half an hour every day. Performing aerobic exercise regularly also helps protect coronary arteries by reducing resting heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol level and body fat.
2. Watch your weight.
Because most individuals who have heart disease are overweight, you should take steps to control your weight. Weighing too much (especially if you carry your extra pounds in your waistline) raises the risk of a heart attack.
3. Monitor your blood pressure regularly.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for a heart attack. Randomly check your blood pressure to ensure that it is in order. If you are a High blood pressure patient, meet you doctor once in a month and monitor your blood pressure regularly.
4. Maintain blood cholesterol levels.
There are 2 types of cholesterol- the good cholesterol i.e. high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and the bad cholesterol i.e. low-density lipoprotein (LDL). If you are a high blood pressure patient, check your cholesterol levels regularly and ensure that bad cholesterol don’t build up as it is the primary cause of heart diseases in many cases.
5. Quit smoke.
Smoking increases the risk of coronary artery disease for a number of reasons, including the fact that it raises the demands of the heart for oxygen, limits the ability of blood to transport oxygen, increases the viscosity level of blood, lowers HDL level, promotes the adherence of LDL to the lining of the arteries.
7. Don’t ignore early warnings.
Studies suggest that our heart gives us warning 2-3 days before the heart attack/stroke in the form of excessive sweating, pain in left arm, increase in heart palpitation and feeling of uneasiness. Never ignore these symptoms. Visit doctor and get your ECG test done.
8. Keep blood sugar level close to normal.
People whose blood sugar level runs high (diabetics in particular), who carry an abnormally high level of body fat and who have unduly high levels of cholesterol and blood lipids (fats), are especially at risk for a heart attack.
9. Know the symptoms of a heart attack.
Be aware of the major symptoms of a heart attack (e.g., shortness of breath, an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest behind the breast bone; pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms; dizziness; fainting; nausea). If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, get to a hospital as fast as possible.
10. Be aware of your genes.
If several close blood relatives have had a heart attack before age 60, your risk of having a heart attack is substantially higher. Accordingly, the need to control the major risk factors for a heart attack is heightened.
Major cardiovascular disease risk factors can be controlled, if we follow a simple healthy life style and don’t ignore the symptom. Don’t forget to share with us your healthy heart tips. Let’s begin a healthy discussion here.