Are You Heart Healthy?

Four people die of heart attack every minute in India in the age group of 30 - 50. Twenty-five per cent of heart attack deaths occur in people less than 40. If you’re having an erratic, unhealthy lifestyle, it’s time you pause and correct it before you turn a heart patient.

How can you prevent it?
Heart disease can often be prevented with a healthy and active lifestyle such as:

  • Eating healthy diet
  • Getting regular physical exercises and
  • Periodic health checkups which help in early detection of the disease for better cure.

What are the risk factors of heart diseases?
Most of the risk factors are modifiable, so making healthy choices can influence your heart health significantly. Some of the risk factors are:

  • Family History: Presence of heart disease in a parent or sibling, especially at a young age, increases your risk of developing heart disease.
  • Diabetes: increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, even if glucose levels are under control. More than 80% of diabetes sufferers die of some form of cardiovascular disease.
  • Stress, Depression, Anger: These have also been linked to an increased risk of heart.
  • Cholesterol: The higher the blood cholesterol level, the higher the risk of coronary heart disease. Diet is one cause of high cholesterol – others are age, sex and family history.
  • High Blood Pressure (HBP): HBP (over 140/90 mmHg and over 130/80 mmHg in diabetics) increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney damage.
  • Physical Inactivity: Failure to exercise (walking or doing other moderate activities for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week or more vigorous workouts at least 20 minutes 3 times a week) is risky.
  • Obesity: Overweight people are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke, even if they have none of the other risk factors.
  • Smoking: Smokers are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks
  • Alcohol abuse: Excessive alcohol of more than 1/2 to 1 drink per day for women and 1-2 drinks per day for men can increase risk of heart disease.

Now that you are aware, take necessary precautions and prevent it from happening to you.


*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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