Each year, heart disease and stroke take millions of lives. They are the world’s biggest killers, with 15 million people losing their lives in 2015 alone. Many factors contribute to poor heart health like an unhealthy diet, following a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, smoking unreservedly, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
A family history of heart ailments could also play a major role in how a person’s heart functions.
Here’s what you can do to ensure that your heart is in the best possible condition:
Eat better – When you eat the right food, your heart stays healthier so cut down on unhealthy fats, refined grains, high-fat protein sources, and sodium.
Get moving – Many people don’t realize that the heart is also a muscle and therefore requires exercise as well. Working out or even brisk walking for as little as thirty minutes a day can work wonders. Running, jogging, cycling and using weights are excellent ways to get active. Don’t forget to consult a medical professional before you undertake any strenuous activity especially if you have a preexisting condition.
Lose that excess weight – By dropping the extra kilos, the risk of a heart attack or a stroke can be greatly reduced. This can be achieved by managing portions and cutting back on calories. Stop smoking – Smoking damages the lining of your arteries. So stop now especially if you’re already in the high-risk zone. Manage your blood pressure – High blood pressure causes immense strain on your heart and
damages your arteries.
Keep cholesterol in check – Too much bad cholesterol in your bloodstream will result in plaque buildup and narrow the arteries of your heart, disabling blood flow and leading to an attack as the heart comes under enormous pressure to pump blood harder and faster.
Your heart is at work constantly, keeping you alive and most people never give it a second
thought. This World Heart Day, let us change our perspectives, educating ourselves and others around us to build awareness so we can save more lives and avoid the damage associated with heart disease to live longer and healthier.