Avoiding Heart Disease

 

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Modern India is facing the rising burden of heart diseases as no other disease kills more Indians than cardiac ailments. Heart disease has emerged as the deadliest killer in both Indian males and females. In India, nearly 52% of heart disease-related deaths occur in people below the age of 70 years
Heart attacks are unpredictable. But the odds of heart disease are raised by a higher level of LDL. Elevated LDL, the bad cholesterol, raises your chances of a heart attack. That’s because of the build-up of fatty deposits within the walls of arteries. This reduces or blocks the blood and oxygen flow to your heart and eventually leads to a heart attack.
Maintaining a healthy heart is important during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Since most of the people are confined to their homes for an extended period, change in lifestyle during lockdown is inevitable, leading to isolation, lack of exercise, which in turn causes more mental stress or anxiety, and even lower immunity. Exercise is essential for heart health and psychological wellbeing too. With Covid-19, and uncertainty around it is very important to control the stress which increases inflammation, raises your cholesterol and blood sugar, increases blood pressure and even makes your blood more likely to clot.
Having a family history of Cardio-Vascular diseases – If you had a family history of heart conditions then it’s all the more important to keep your diet and exercise in check on the advice of your family doctors. Hypertension predisposes you to cardiac issues- High blood pressure puts you at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Keep your blood sugar in check – People with diabetes tend to develop heart disease at a younger age than people without diabetes.
Being overweight increases cardiovascular disease risk- The long-term risk of diabetes and high blood pressure significantly increases with obesity. Not only this, obese people are more likely to have heart disease and stroke. Visit your provider to get check your body mass index (BMI) today to tell whether you are at a normal weight, or have obesity. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease.
A sedentary lifestyle contributes to Cardio-Vascular risk- Young people in India are mostly spending time at home due to work from home and having no physical activity. And older teens and children are busy watching TV and using smart gadgets like iPhones. The time is crucial now, prioritize and take physical activity seriously, no matter how busy you are. Exercise for at least 30 minutes daily to avoid health risks. According to the American Heart Association, exercising 30 minutes a day five days a week will improve your heart health. They define “physical activity” as anything that makes you move your body and burns calories. This includes climbing stairs, playing sports, walking, jogging, swimming, biking, and more.

(synopsis of article from dnahealth )

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