Keep A Happy Heart

Keep A Happy Heart
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Published November 9th, 2010 - 10:21 GMT

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Everyone shivers when it comes to the matter of the heart. It has firm footings in a poet's world, romantic affairs, physician's challenge and patient's plight.

A happy heart stays in a healthy body. The essence is to keep the body fit by eating healthy and living healthy In fact the seeds for future problems are implanted right during childhood by an unhealthy lifestyle. Following are a few tips to reduce the burden and rise of heart problems:

Weight control: Excess calories, fatty food and being overweight are really bad for the heart. Try eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals and fiber food. Successful weight control requires a combination of healthy diet and regular exercise.

Healthy eating: Dieting is a misnomer; it should be replaced by "healthy eating." Consume less of high fat meals (meat, butter, ghee, whole milk, egg yolk etc) and less of high carbohydrate (sugary). Regular exercise: Regular exercise improves heart function, lower blood pressure, reduces weight and lowers bad cholesterol while improves good cholesterol in blood.Cessation of smoking: Smoking is a very important and preventable risk factor for heart disease (and many other problems). Quitting smoking is unquestionable. If you are not already smoking, it is great news and never think of starting. If you are smoking, make every effort to stop. Use medical advice if you are unable to do it on your own.Control blood pressure: High blood pressure contributes significantly to heart disease. Regular screening, early diagnosis and adequate treatment are needed. Home monitoring of blood pressure is now very much suggested and encouraged for proper control.Control blood sugar: Diabetes has a very strong association with heart attacks. Early diagnosis and treatment are highly recommended.Alcohol in moderate: Avoid excess drinking. Relax: Avoid stress, relax more often, and meditate.Low salt: High salt leads to high blood pressure. Avoid excess salt in cooking. Do not add any salt at the table.

10. Regular screening & risk profiling: Go for regular checkup, screen for weight /blood pressure/cholesterol/sugar and understand your risk status based on these along with age and family history. 

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