As the famous British photographer, Rankin says, ‘ Heart is the simplest symbol to draw and it works through all languages and cultures.’
The heart works silently (in a lub-dub music) 24×7 without missing a beat.
Why would it miss a beat?
It shouldn’t, right?
But, Are You treating your heart like the way it should be treated?
It keeps you healthy, but it’s your responsibility to keep your heart healthy!
Here is what you can do to make your heart beating at an optimum pace!
1. Numbers Matter…a lot
Keep monitoring your ABC, that is
- A1C readings – also known as the HBA1C readings which give you an average value of your blood sugar levels from past 3 months.
- B stands for Blood Pressure, which needs to be in control so that your heart can function efficiently.
- C is for Cholesterol Levels, the total cholesterol, High and Low-density lipids (HDL & LDL) all readings should be under the optimum range to prevent any heart disorder in the near future.
Get these tests done once a quarter.
2. Mind your food
Your food habits decide your heart health to a great extent. Some do’s and don’ts are as follows:
- Go easy on fast food and packed food items, they have a lion share in shooting up your cholesterol levels.
- Food items like Tomatoes, oats, fruits, nuts, flax seeds, garlic, green tea, onion and green leafy vegetables are really good for your heart. Make sure that you eat them often. Lycopene present in tomatoes helps in reducing the heart risk. Lycopene works better even after cooking!
- Use least possible oil and sugar in your daily food preparation. Using the olive oil and peanut oil are one of the best options available.
3. Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) up to a great extent. Smokers are more prone to CVD than the Non-smokers.
4. Stay Active
Staying active will go a long way to save you from any cardiac disorder. The easiest and effective workouts are:
5. Remember the early signs of a Heart Attack
Your body starts giving signals to you before the actual occurrence of an actual heart attack episode. Some of these are as follows, you can remember it as FACES.
- F – Fluttering/Palpitations (You can hear/feel your heartbeat) and Fatigue
- A – Activity Limitation
- C – Congestion and Cough
- E – Edema or swelling
- S – Shortness of Breath and Sweating
Other signs include nausea, vomiting, pain in jaw, chest and left arm etc. As per WHO, the heart attack is the number one cause of deaths in the world. The most common cause of this is ignorance. Don’t ignore your heart health. Keep it healthy and live a quality life forever!
Cheers to our healthy hearts!