Everyone must be aware that heart diseases such as heart attacks, heart failures, coronary heart diseases, cardiac arrest, arrhythmia, and strokes are fatal and recurring to the major population in India.
Our heart is the top-of-the-branch organ in our body, which requires close care and preventions from our end, to remain healthy. Even a slight carelessness towards health or being off-track from regular healthy life-cycles can lead to a disrupted future.
We all know that not all heart problems come with prominently showcased symptoms, so as the saying by Charles Chambers goes –‘if you’re not sure, get it checked out’ must be followed. Staying updated with your health through regular health check-ups is important especially in an era where cardiovascular diseases have soared.
We all know that a balanced diet and regular exercise lead to a healthy heart, but apart from this there are various other factors that need to be taken care of in order to keep our heart healthy.
1. Eat healthy fats, not trans fats
Very few people really know the difference between healthy fats and trans fats. Healthy fats include saturated, polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats which are healthy for our body, whereas fats in packaged food items contains trans fats which are unhealthy for our heart and can even damage our heart if consumed regularly. Trans fats reduce the amount of good cholesterol level in the heart and increase the bad cholesterol level which in turn clogs the arteries and makes the blood flow in the body irregular. So, it is better to completely avoid packaged food items that contain trans fats.
2. Avoid taking stress:
People who take too much stress and remain tensed are more likely to get high blood pressure, chest pain and other heart diseases. Not only this, stress also changes the way blood clots, which increase the chances of heart attack even more. Too much stress increases the blood pressure and also releases stress hormones which are very unhealthy for your body. So, try to keep yourself cool and calm. To keep a check on any prominent symptoms, regularly undertake the cardiovascular tests.
3. Avoid drinking too much alcohol:
Research has proved that up to 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men is acceptable but anything more than that is unhealthy for your heart. Drinking heavily weakens your heart muscles and can cause heart failures which may also lead to death.
4. Maintain a good sleep pattern:
Getting 7-8 hours of sleep is mandatory for any individual in order to keep the heart and body healthy. Lack of sleep increases the chances of cardiovascular diseases and also causes disruption in blood pressure and underlying health conditions. So, make your sleep a priority.
5. Quit smoking:
People who smoke are twice likely to get heart attack than the non-smokers. Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, increases blood clots and hence increases the overall chances of getting cardiovascular diseases. So, better late than never- quit smoking.
6. Get cardiovascular tests done:
It is better to get the cardiovascular tests done within regular intervals of time in order to keep a check on overall health of your heart. As most heart diseases don’t show any symptoms so it is better to get your heart tested regularly than to face a major chronic disease in the future.
To get the cardiovascular test done, you can visit SRL Diagnostics which has around 386 labs all over the country and has proved to be the best pathology lab in India.
Book your appointment today to live a healthier tomorrow!