How healthy is your heart ??
March 06 2018 at 10:39 AM by Vamakshi Saklani
For the longest time now, people have known about heart diseases and the need to have a healthy heart at all ages. It is not the big health issues that cause a heart disease but rather the small day to day habits that helps one maintain and shape up a healthy heart. All heart diseases are a result of long periods of repeated unhealthy lifestyle choices that go unmonitored over the years. It is a well -established fact that heart diseases are the leading cause of death all across the world. The good news however remains that most heart related diseases are preventable by just altering a few unhealthy practices. Some of the main factors leading to a weak heart include lack of exercise, poor diet, obesity, drug abuse, smoking and alcohol addiction.
‘Healthy habits for a healthy heart’ - A healthy heart is built over the years with every step one takes towards incorporating healthy lifestyle choices. It not only boosts the heart health but also escalates the overall health of a person. Here are a few of the many lifestyle related changes that one can make to avoid any heart problem in the long run.
- Be Active - Moving around is very essential in order to avoid any lifestyle related disease over time.The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends being active for at least 30 minutes each day, even if you have to break it into three 10-minute sessions. Regular exercise also speeds weight loss, which is important because obesity can increase the risk for heart disease. If you need more reasons to get moving, know that exercise helps to reduce high blood pressure and stimulates good blood circulation, which benefit your heart and overall health.
- Quit Smoking - Smoking cigarettes is tied to a number of potentially fatal health problems, including cancer, lung disease, stroke, and heart disease. Even if a person has no other risk factors, smoking raises their risk of developing heart disease by two to four times, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Stress Management - Stress causes strain on the heart, which creates a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Jeffrey Fisher, MD, a cardiologist, clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, recommends exercise for people experiencing mild to moderate stress. “When people start to exercise and feel the endorphins, they start to feel better both physically and mentally,” he says."Exercise has also been shown to reduce the risk of death after heart attack.”
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- Healthy Diet - The foods a person eats playsa huge role in whether they gain too much weight and develop high cholesterol, both of which can increase their risk for heart disease.Therefore, it is imperative to maintain a well-balanced and a healthy diet for a healthy heart.