Effective Ways to Prevent Heart Diseases

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 04, 2014

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Heart problems such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease have become quite common now. Although, a heart problem may not be easy to notice before the actual symptoms appear, however we can effectively prevent heart diseases.
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    Healthy Heart

    Heart problems such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease have become quite common now. Although, a heart problem may not be easy to notice before the actual symptoms appear, however we can effectively prevent heart diseases. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Reduce the Stress

    Any kind of chronic stress can be damaging for your heart's health as it makes you overeat, get inadequate sleep, drink and smoke in access leading you to neglect your self care. All you need to do is to find ways that can help you reduce the levels of stress. Go for a balances diet, exercise regularly and connect more with your family and friends who support you emotionally. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Stop Smoking

    As we all know that smoking is injurious to health and it increases the risk of illness and death from heart attack and other diseases. The American Heart Association suggests that when you stop smoking it reduces the risk of heart diseases. The risk of congenital heart disease is substantially reduced within a year or two on quitting the smoking. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Ride a Bike 20 Minutes a Day

    Researchers suggest that people with mild chest pain or angina should ride a stationary bike for about 20 minutes. This simple exercise will not help you in burning the calories but is also beneficial for your mood, bones, brain and heart. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Take Vitamin B Complex Every Morning

    According to a study conducted by Swiss researches people who had a combination of folic acid, vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 had lower risk of getting heart disease. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Monitor the Blood Pressure

    Your heart works harder than normal in high blood pressure putting your heart at risk for injury. High blood pressure tends to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, eye damage, heart failure. Exercising regularly and managing your stress can help you decrease the blood pressure thereby reducing the risk of developing heart diseases. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Nibble Dark Chocolate

    Did you know that eating chocolate could actually save your life? According to a study people who ate chocolate had 37 percent less chances of developing heart disease compared to those who did not eat chocolate. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Hit the Beach

    Deficiency of vitamin D can be threat of heart attack or stroke which can be prevented by basking in the sun to boost the vitamin D levels. Studies have shown that women who were deficient in vitamin D were nearly 50 percent more likely to get heart attack, heart failure or a stoke as compared to women with normal levels. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Drink at Least Two Cups of Tea Everyday

    It does not matter whether you have green tea or black tea as long as you drink it regularly. According to a Dutch Study, people who drank two or more cups of tea in a day had reduced risk of getting heart attacks. Whereas, another study suggests that tea drinkers who drink three cups o f tea every day could even slash the risk of heart attack by 11 percent. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Skip the Soda and Have Orange Juice Instead

    Chronic inflammation associated to heart disease is significantly affected by what you eat in your diet.  Researchers at the State University of New York found that glucose sweetened water triggered an inflammatory response in people who drank it while people who had glass of orange juice did not develop this. It was observed that the anti- inflammatory effects of vitamin C and other flavonoids provided them the protection. Therefore, it is recommended to drink juice instead of going for drinks that are mostly sweetened and flavored water. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Floss Your Teeth

    People who have periodontal disease have more risk of suffering a fatal heart attack or stroke. The chronic bacterial infection of the gums may give rise to inflammation inside the blood vessels, a condition that can cause both cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Hence, make it a habit to floss your teeth daily with brushing. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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