Heart diseases are no longer limited to elderly age group. Lately, it has been observed that people in their early 20’s and 30’s are experiencing heart diseases because of fast changing lifestyle & stress at work. Heart diseases have become no 1 health risk worldwide. To reduce the same, every year world heart day is celebrated where government, communities, health care in different countries organizes different activities like health talk, free camps and discounts to educate, encourage & to create awareness among people about heart diseases prevention.
To mark the world heart day, Metro Heart institute with multispecialty is coming up with 50 % discount on tests related to heart which includes ECHO, TMT, CT angiography, blood tests etc. Dr. S.S Bansal said, main aim to introduce discount is to encourage people to come forward and prioritize their health because there is fear about the discovery of heart diseases among people, because of this fear people often ignore the early signs of angina. He further added that people need to understand that if cardiologists can discover the blockages in arteries on time, 99 per cent chance are there to save their life.
You can avert heart diseases by following a healthy-heart routine.
1. Say NO to smoking and tobacco: Smoking and tobacco consumption is one of the most significant risk factors for developing a heart disease. The harmful chemicals in tobacco based products can damage your blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) which can lead to a heart problems. Smoking reduces your good cholesterol (HDL) and raises blood pressure, which can cause increased stress on your arteries. The only way to leave smoking is to just ‘stop smoking’.
2. Exercise five days in a week: maintaining a healthy weight is very important to keep your blood pressure at optimum level. Make it a habit to exercise for at least 30 minutes daily. Exercise doesn’t have to be intensive, just simple activities like playing in park with your kids, walking, and running will be sufficient.
3. Eat a Healthy and Nutritious Food: The food you eat can either decrease or increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Choose foods low in sodium, trans fats and saturated fats; avoid junk & deep fried food. Eat plenty of green vegetables, fresh fruits and fiber rich whole grains, nuts, seeds and fish. Avoid meat, alcohol, soda and sugar sweetened beverages.
4. Manage your Stress: The best way to manage your stress is changing your lifestyle and being optimistic about life. Don’t burden yourself and find ways to cope with it. Yoga, meditation and aerobics are few of the activities which can be of great help to keep your stress levels in control.
5. Regular Health Check-ups: High blood pressure and high cholesterol can harm your heart and blood vessels. Regular screening & check-ups will make you aware about your health condition and will alarm you of any health risk in advance, hence, enabling you to take appropriate action on time.
6. Blood Pressure (BP):One should have a blood pressure test performed at least once in a year to keep a check on blood pressure levels, starting from the age of 18.Optimal BP level count is 120/80 (mm Hg).
7. Cholesterol: Cholesterol levels measured at least once every two years starting at age 18. Earlier testing may be recommended if you have other risk factors, such as a family history of diabetes, BP, early-onset of heart disease.
8. Diabetes Screening: If you are overweight or have a family history of diabetes, you may have to consider being screened for diabetes, as it is one of the factors for developing heart problems.