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Easy Ideas to Improve Your Heart Health

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August 08th, 2013

We all know the significance of a healthy heart. So, is there a simple yet effective way to get a healthier heart? Here are some simple guidelines to improve your heart health –

Be active – Being obese can alleviate several other health issues that act as a catalyst for heart diseases. Losing those extra pounds can help you fight health problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. Physical activity is very important for maintaining good heart health. Doing cardio can enhance your cardiovascular health by improving your cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure and assisting in weight management. If you face time crunch, you can make it up by climbing the stairs instead of taking an elevator.

Keep a check on your blood sugar – Diabetes or an increase in the blood sugar levels have a depreciating effect on your cardiovascular health. Accelerated blood sugar levels can promote blockages in the blood vessels or atherosclerosis, which increases your chances of heart attacks and stroke. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and control diabetes before it starts taking a toll on your cardiovascular health.

Eat a well balanced diet – In order to ensure a healthy heart and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, eat a well balanced and healthy diet. Include plenty of green leafy vegetables and fruits and whole grains in your diet. Go for options that are lower in sugar, salt and fat, especially trans fat and replace saturated fats with mono and poly saturated fats.

Stop smoking – Smoking is mostly associated with lung cancer and respiratory issues. However, smoking is as dangerous for your heart as for your lungs. Tobacco contains chemicals that can modify the function and structure of the blood vessels, which can trigger atherosclerosis. Smoking further alleviates your risk of getting heart attack, if you suffer from high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or have unhealthy cholesterol levels.

Manage blood pressure – High blood pressure or hypertension is a major cause of stroke and exacerbates your risk of getting heart disease. It is therefore necessary to keep your blood pressure monitored to avoid the risk of heart attack.  

Maintaining a good life style and regular check up can keep a check on your heart’s health. To keep coronary artery diseases at bay, it is essential that you leave the sedentary lifestyle behind and start a regular physical exercise regimen backed by a proper diet.