7 Things Heart Doctors Tell Their Friends

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 05, 2015

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When heart doctors advise their friends, it is a little different from their advice to their patients. Take a look at the reassuring advice cardiologists pass along to their friends.
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    What are the Doctors telling their Friends?

    We take advice from doctors without question and put our faith wholeheartedly in them. When the heart doctors advise their friends, it is a little different from their advice to the patients. Take a look at the reassuring advice cardiologists pass along to their friends.

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    Eat Healthy Fish

    It is a known fact and doctors will tell you that fish is packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients that can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions. However, they won’t tell you which fish to eat. There are many fish which contain basically zero omega-3 fatty acids, and serve no health purpose. Eat salmon, herring and tuna.

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    Stop Worrying about Salt

    We are told that salt is bad. Yes it is! But, you don’t need to cut all added salt from your diet. The salt limit of 1,500 milligrams a day has been agreed as safe. Studies suggest that salt will affect blood pressure only if the salt intake goes beyond 3,500 mg daily, which is quite high. Just by keeping processed foods away, you are avoiding salt.

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    Be Wary of Sugar

    Doctors will push you to eat low-fat foods, and may not warn you about sugar. There are plenty of foods that have hidden sugar in them such as crackers and cereals. Keep away from them as too much sugar in the bloodstream can make you gain weight, impair immune system and raise insulin levels.

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    Give your Mind a Stress Break

    Anxiety negatively impacts our brain. When we don’t control it, stress-hormone levels can add on and damage the brain. When our stress is out of control, it can contribute to neurological and cardiovascular issues. Doctors may not tell you this but they do tell their friends to give their brain the rest it needs to keep dangers at bay.

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    Build Muscles

    The doctors will cite many reasons as to how staying physically active is good for heart, but they may not tell you which exercises serve your heart the best. It is strength training. Strength training improves your metabolic rate, which helps you burn more calories even at rest and keeps your heart pumping. Moreover, you can keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in control by doing 15-minute regimen that includes planks, sit-ups and push-ups.

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    Don’t Go to Sleep Angry

    Anger is a powerful emotion and should be handled in the right manner. When uncontrolled, the emotion can lead to arguments, fights and self-harm. It can affect interpersonal relationships and pose danger to heart health. Doctors may not tell you why you need to control your anger for the good of your heart. Keep anger away from your bed.

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    Popping a Pill Might Make Things Worse

    If it is a headache you are taking a pill for, it can get worse. Doctors wouldn’t tell you to cut it out and self-medicate frequently. An unneeded aspirin can make your blood too thin and put your heart at risk of many ailments. Consider non-drug treatments as much as you can.

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