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Tips for a Healthy Heart

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 04 Jun 2012

The hectic lifestyle we lead today is no good news for our heart. The escalating stress levels, unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise take a toll on our heart. Pressure on the heart leads to many life threatening diseases. Hence, it is important we take special care of the health of our heart. Following a few heart care tips will help you lead a long and healthy life:

Avoid smoking:
Smoking has a very bad effect on the heart. It happens to be the main reason for coronary heart disease. Smoking reduces life expectancy by 15-25 years. Smokers are at highest risk of heart attack as compared to a non-smoker. Risks to your heart reduce considerably the moment you stop smoking.

Cut down on salt:
Your intake of salt plays a major role in maintaining your blood pressure. To control your salt intake stop using salt at the table, add less salt to your food and opt for a healthy option:  rock salt. This may be a challenge to your taste buds, but you will get used to it soon. Also avoid processed foods as they have high salt content.

Keep a check on your diet:
There’s nothing like a healthy diet to keep you fit. Eating health food with regular intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, oily fish, starchy foods such as wholegrain bread, pasta and rice will reduce the risk to the heart. A balance diet also helps to improve chances of survival after a heart attack.

Watch your weight:
Being overweight poses high risk to the wellbeing of your heart. Fat deposits have a major effect on your health and lead to life threatening diseases like coronary heart disease and diabetes. Try to cut down on the fats and pick up an activity you enjoy like running, skipping etc. Climbing stairs is very healthy for the heart.

Manage your stress levels:
Stress today is the major reason why ever youngsters are prone to heart problems. It is important that you learn to manage your stress levels. Try not to commit to more than you can handle. Include yoga/meditation in your daily routine.

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