Today, heart disease is one of the most leading causes of death around the world. These heart conditions are very critical and they do not even give any warning signs. That is why it becomes very much important to get yourself and your heart regularly checked. There are different kinds of heart diseases. Some of these can be prevented while others cannot.
Mr. Sameer Bhati – Director at Star Imaging and Path Labs, told HerZindagi that "due to Covid-19, a number of people are now suffering from conditions related to heart. Even after fully recovering from the infection, a number of people complained about symptoms related to heart disease that occur in the post covid phase. The symptoms can be chest pain, fast or slow heartbeat, faintness, chest tightness, shortness of breath and swelling in feet, ankles, legs or abdomen.
"In such a case, people suffering from Post Covid Syndrome should immediately contact their doctor about their condition so that early diagnosis can be done. Hence, it is very important to protect your heart," he added.
Here are 5 things suggested by Bhati that you must do every day:
Eat Healthy Fats And Not Trans Fats
Saturated, polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats are the fats that are needed by our body and should be included in our diet. The one fat which we don’t need is trans-fat. Trans fat increases the risk of developing heart conditions and increases the chances of having a stroke. This is because the trans fats get accumulated in the arteries by increasing LDL (bad cholesterol) level and reducing HDL (good cholesterol) levels. By cutting them from the diet, your blood flow will improve throughout the body.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is very crucial to keep your heart healthy. If you don’t get enough sleep, you become more prone to cardiovascular diseases, no matter what your age or health habits are. Make you sleep a priority. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day.
Don’t Sit For Too Long At One Place
Many studies have proved that seating at one place for long hours is very bad for your health, especially heart, no matter how much exercise you do or how active you are. Sitting for long hours increases the risk of the development of blood clots in the body. Keep moving a little throughout the day and exercise more often.
The risk of getting heart disease is much higher in smokers than in non-smokers. Consumption of tobacco leads to many premature heart disease deaths. Also, the chemicals emitted from cigarette smoke helps in the development of plaque in the arteries.
Cut Down On Salt And Eat Less Sugar
High salt indicates high pressure which makes a person more prone to heart conditions and stroke. On the other hand, too much sugar can lead to weight gain which can raise your blood pressure and may lead to heart disease. Hence, it is better to eat less sugar and salt to keep your heart healthy.
Daily Practices To Keep A Check On Your Heart
- Regularly monitor your cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglycerides.
- Take your medicines timely and regularly. Don’t skip them.
- Work towards something that keeps you occupied like painting, reading, etc.
- Consume a healthy diet. Have strict control over your diet since the amount of physical activity is less during work from home.
- Try to stay cool, positive, and calm. Believe that this too shall pass.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. Socialise with your friends and family as much as possible. This will help in dealing with stress.
Easy Exercises For A Healthy Heart
- You should exercise for at least 30 to 40 minutes per day as it would be very beneficial for a person with heart conditions. Following exercises won’t make you feel tired even if done 10 to 15 times a day:
- Try and do knee lifts, Hamstring curls and desk push-us.
- Touch the ceiling in order to stretch your body. Make this hard by holding water bottles in both hands.
- Walk as much as possible whenever you are talking on a phone call.
Take care of yourself and follow these expert-approved tips for a healthy heart.
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