The heart is vital to survival and it is in our best interest to keep it up to par. It pumps blood to the rest of the body so that oxygen and nutrients can be dispensed to organs and cells for stable functioning, development, and repair. If the heart fails to do its job correctly, the other bodily functions could be brought to a grinding halt as the brain, lungs, kidneys, and liver all stop working.
Heart patients face the greatest risk of this happening, which is why they need to be very careful about their lifestyle choices. Remember that heart disease is an umbrella term for various ailments affecting the heart like Coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, angina etc but their causes are similar and mostly related to poor lifestyle choices.
Here are a few things that experts recommend heart patients do to reduce the risk of complications and live healthier lives.
Get moving – After consultation with your doctor, make physical activity an everyday goal. Being active will reduce the chances of a heart attack and stroke. Exercise will help you lower your blood pressure, bad cholesterol (LDL) and maintain a healthy weight.
Choose the right diet – Heart patients are usually advised to follow a diet rich in fruits ( oranges, various berries, bananas etc) and vegetables ( spinach, tomatoes, carrots among others), fish (about
twice a week), nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds, pistachios, sesame, chia, flaxseeds and whole grains such as oats, brown rice and millets. Your doctor might advise on a dietitian who will recommend the best meal plans for you.
- Quit smoking.
- Take your medication on time.
- Schedule regular doctor’s appointments.
- Watch out for stress triggers