Ways to Stay Heart-Healthy on World Heart Day!

Ways to Stay Heart-Healthy on World Heart Day!
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Did you know that 1 person dies every 2 seconds from a heart attack or stroke and 80% cardiovascular disease related deaths are preventable simply by addressing behavioral risk factors?

29 September is World Heart Day, part of an international campaign, aimed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD) and prevent stroke. Minimizing your risk of cardiovascular disease is vital if you want to live a full, happy and healthy life. So what are you waiting for? Here’s how can you minimize your risk?

Did you know there is a correlation between hearing loss and heart disease?  Could hearing loss be trying to tell you something about your heart’s health?

“The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible any abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body,” explains David R. Friedland, MD, Ph.D., of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. 

“Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves.” 

It lets you love, laugh and live your life
to the full. A few simple daily changes is all it takes to keep it charged and
make a lasting different to your heart health. So fuel your heart. And power
your life.

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • A history of stroke
  • High triglycerides

Smoking: 

•      Smoking damages the lining of blood vessels, increases fatty deposits in the arteries, increases blood clotting, adversely affects blood lipid levels, and promotes coronary artery spasm. 

•      Nicotine accelerates the heart rate and raises blood pressure. 

•      So, Quit smoking as this will raise your risk significantly.

Alcohol:

Cutting down on alcohol can improve your heart health and your overall well-being. Alcohol can be really harmful for some people. Talk to your doctor if you have one of these conditions and aren’t sure whether you should drink or not:

•      Heart failure

•      Cardiomyopathy

•      High blood pressure

•      Diabetes

•      Irregular heart rhythm

•      A history of stroke

•      High triglycerides

Exercise: 

•      Weight loss:  A key factors that helps keep your heart healthy, lowers your risks of heart disease and stroke. 

•      Pure cardio is essential for pumping the heart with oxygenated blood and as a bonus, helps you knock off those extra pounds. 

•      Make sure you get in 45-60 minutes of cardio daily in the form of a brisk walk, jogging or any other sports activity. 

•      Skipping is another great way to increase your heart rate.

Choose the right type and amount of oil: 

•      A person should consume not more than 500 ml of oil per month. That would be about 2-3 teaspoons of total fat per day. 

•      A person should be using a mix of oils – mustard or olive oil and a choice of rice bran/canola/sunflower oil, etc. Switching up oils is necessary because it gives the body all the essential fatty acids it needs.

Food: 

•      Eat REAL food and decrease intake of salt and sugar. 

•      Consume at least 5 portions of fruit and veg each day and eat plenty of fibre.

•      Eat walnuts, almonds and flax seeds: Foods rich in Omega 3, healthy form of fatty acids, are considered heart-healthy. Walnuts, almonds and flax seeds can reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing cholesterol. 

It lets you love, laugh and live your life to the full. A few simple daily changes is all it takes to keep it charged and make a lasting different to your heart health. So fuel your heart. And power your life. 

Did you know there is a correlation between hearing loss and heart disease?  Could hearing loss be trying to tell you something about your heart’s health?

“The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it is possible any abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body,” explains David R. Friedland, MD, Ph.D., of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. 

“Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves.”