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Jog your way to a healthy new year

By  , Jagran Cityplus
Jul 27, 2010
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As we get into the New Year, one resolution all of us should take is to take care of ourselves and our health to ensure a healthy heart. Many people have suffered from heart diseases till now and as figures say, many more are expected to fall prey to heart problems by the end of 2010.

 

Just by incorporating some lifestyle changes, you can bring in fitness and health. Staying fit is probably the best thing you can do to prevent a stroke.Renowned cardiac surgeon Dr M Venkat Reddy (47),  who has been doing heart surgeries for the last nineteen years and does at least two heart surgeries a day cautions against symptoms of heart diseases.  He says, poor sleep, low energy, fatigue, exertion, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, pain in the arms or legs, the feeling of needing a nap are all symptoms of cardiovascular problems. A heart attack means a portion of your heart has died from oxygen starvation and will not come back to life.

 

Poor blood flow is the problem.  When a large portion of the heart muscle dies,  so do your arteries that are like a balloon and the beating of the heart causes expansion and contraction of the arteries leading to arterial wear and damage. Once damaged these worn areas ooze like open sores, when fast healing does not occur cholesterol present in the blood and fatty acid deposits will build up as a thin layer covering the damaged area.  Calcium, which is also abundant in the blood, adheres to the sticky cholesterol, this process repeats over and over until the artery becomes totally blocked.  A heart disease can be avoided by taking certain precautions:

  • Avoid infections and  give  complete treatment for rumantic fever.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Do regular exercise, and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Reduce weight. Your weight should not exceed the rational limits.
  • Avoid fried food. Lower your sugar and salt intake. 
  • Avoid stress. No matter how much work stress you suffer from, don't let it affect your body. 
  • Always keep your blood pressure under check.
  • Check for insomnia.
  • Watch out for your cholesterol level time to time. 
  • Increase your walking time and opt for stairs rather than choosing lift. 

 

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