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10 Simple Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Heart health is crucial for overall wellness and longevity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally, accounting for 17.9 million deaths per year. This highlights the importance of taking proactive measures to keep your heart healthy. In this article, we will discuss 10 simple ways to keep your heart healthy.

10 ways to keep your heart healthy

1. Follow a healthy diet

A healthy diet is essential for maintaining heart health. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help to reduce your risk of heart disease. Avoiding processed foods, sugary drinks, and saturated and trans fats can also help to keep your heart healthy.

2. STOP Smoking(Don’t smoke or use tobacco)

Smoking is one of the leading causes of heart disease. It damages the lining of your arteries, making them more prone to blood clots. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health.

3. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of heart disease. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health.

4. Manage your blood pressure

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. Keeping your blood pressure under control through diet, exercise, and medication can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.

5. Exercise regularly

Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining heart health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, most days of the week.

6. Manage Diabetes

Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease. Keeping your blood sugar levels under control through diet, exercise, and medication can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.

7. Drink less

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can increase your risk of heart disease. Limiting your alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.

8. Get good quality sleep

Getting enough quality sleep is essential for maintaining heart health. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night and avoid staying up late or sleeping in late.

9. Look after your mental health & manage stress

Managing stress and maintaining good mental health can help to reduce your risk of heart disease. Try to find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as exercise, meditation, or talking to a therapist.

10. Get moving, get fresh air & be active

Being active and spending time outdoors can help to reduce your risk of heart disease. Try to find activities that you enjoy and make them a part of your daily routine.

Chances to develop heart disease

There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing heart diseases, such as family history, age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and obesity. Understanding your risk factors and taking steps to reduce them can help to keep your heart healthy.

When to consult doctor

It’s important to consult your doctor if you have any concerns about your heart health or if you experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, or swelling in the legs. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, medication, or other treatments to help keep your heart healthy. Regular check-ups and screenings can also help to detect any potential issues early on, allowing for prompt treatment and management.

Conclusion

Maintaining heart health is crucial for overall wellness and longevity. By following a healthy diet, quitting smoking, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, managing blood pressure and diabetes, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and being active, you can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease. It’s also important to be aware of your risk factors and to consult your doctor if you have any concerns about your heart health. By taking proactive steps to keep your heart healthy, you can improve your quality of life and enjoy a longer, healthier life.

About the Author

Cardiology
Dr. Magesh Balakrishnan
MBBS, MD, DM (Cardiology) at Ayu Health | Website | + posts

Dr. Magesh Balakrishnan is a renowned cardiologist currently practicing at Ayu Health Hospital, Bangalore.

He has 16 years of experience in this field. He has excellent skills in performing all cardiac diagnostic procedures/ tests. He has performed emergency and elective angiographies and angioplasties, device implantation (Pacemaker, AICD & CRT)

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