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10 Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 08, 2013
Heart diseases are one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. You can prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions.
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    Care for your Heart

    Heart problems such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease are some most common and severe health problems. Although, a heart problem may not be easy to notice before the actual symptoms appear, we can prevent heart disease by following some lifestyle changes.

    Care for your Heart
  • 2

    Quit Smoking

    Some habits are bad for sure and smoking is at the top of that list. Smoking can cause several health problems including heart diseases.

    Quit Smoking
  • 3

    Cut Your Alcohol Intake

    Avoid drinking too much alcohol as crossing the moderate quantity may be harmful to your heart. According to the American Heart Association, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure and even heart failure.

     

    Cut Your Alcohol Intake
  • 4

    Avoid Fast Food

    A low cholesterol diet is the best friend of your heart while a diet rich in refined sugars and trans fats will contribute to heart problems. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will help lower the risk of heart disease.

     

    Avoid Fast Food
  • 5

    Get Physical

    A sedentary lifestyle poses a greater risk of heart diseases. To have a healthy heart, one needs to indulge in physical activity like cycling, walking, jogging, exercises or swimming to be able to burn between 500 to 950 calories per day. Choose a sport of your choice to keep your heart healthy.

     

    Get Physical
  • 6

    Sleep Well

    People who don't get ample sleep are more prone to heart problems. According to U.S. News & World Report, people who get an extra hour of sleep at night have a lower risk for artery-clogging calcification that can lead to heart disease.

    Sleep Well
  • 7

    Manage Your Stress

    Another important and easy solution for a healthy heart is to avoid and effectively manage stress in your life because people with depression are four times more likely to have a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, negative emotions, such as anger and hostility, can raise blood pressure that may lead to heart problems.

     

     Manage Your Stress
  • 8

    Fight Obesity

    Obesity is usually a result of bad eating habits and it may be very bad for your heart. According to the American Heart Association, obesity can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, which increase the risk of a cardiovascular disease.

    Fight Obesity
  • 9

    Check On Snoring

    Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, where the breathing is interrupted during sleep, and it can raise the blood pressure. Snoring may not seem harmful in any way however it may indicate a bigger problem like CADs.

    Check On Snoring
  • 10

    Less Red Meat

    Red meat is rich in saturated fats which may increase the risk of a cardiovascular disease. Switch to a healthy diet that is rich in protein from natural sources. Reducing the amount of red meat in your plate helps your heart.

    Less Red Meat
  • 11

    Never Skip Medicines

    It is a common tendency to start skipping medicines once we start feeling fine. It can have a negative impact on your health. Although high blood pressure is not felt, it can still be there to hurt your heart, make sure that you take your medicines on time.

     Never Skip Medicines
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