8 tips for reducing the risk of heart conditions


02 Jun 2023

Simple yet Effective Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Heart Health

A simple formula to ensure a healthy life would be to make your heart healthy. However, keeping the heart healthy becomes difficult with our increasingly stressful lifestyle and newer mediums to engage in unhealthy habits. Here are 8 simple tips for identifying the risk factors for heart disease and improving your lifestyle accordingly. Moreover, a critical illness health insurance policy can keep you financially prepared for such future diseases.

  1. Avoid smoking.

Smoking is one of the prime causes of heart disease. It is not just the heart but also other related functions such as control of blood oxygen levels, fluctuations of heart rate, and blood pressure that are affected. Quitting smoking decreases your chance of getting affected by chronic heart diseases.

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  1. Plan a cholesterol-free diet.

Your heart surely does not like certain kinds of cholesterol. Too much LDL cholesterol and triglycerides might increase the possibility of you getting coronary artery disease. Hence, it is necessary for you to have a diet that is rich in fibre without much-saturated fat.

  1. Keep a check on your diabetes.

Not just your blood vessels but also your nerves cannot bear very high blood sugar levels. So to avoid any damage, keep a check on your glucose intake and reduce the consumption of carbohydrates. You will also have to manage stress and be physically more active. Keeping the risk factors for heart disease under intricate observation will eventually improve your heart health.

  1. Keep a check on your blood pressure.

Control your blood pressure to make it such that your arteries are free of plaque, reducing the chances of experiencing blood clots. Go for regular checkups to ensure that your blood pressure is under check. If you have high blood pressure, avoid doing things that might harm your heart.

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  1. Do not cross the prescribed BMI for your age.

Your body mass index (BMI) has much to contribute to your body. Maintaining a healthy body weight will ensure lower cholesterol levels, increasing the HDL (good cholesterol) levels of your body. This is possible by maintaining compatibility between your health and lifestyle.

  1. Do not stress out.

Practice keeping your emotions in control, especially those that can harm your physical health. Excessive stress can put pressure on your entire system. So, do not freak out and have a proper sleep cycle to avoid these emotional and behavioural extremities.

  1. Eat healthily.

Food habits have much to say about how good your heart will be. A balanced diet of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients will ensure that your system does not take in such food that might affect your body's regularity. Your diet should be rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, dry fruits, multi-grains, pulses, meat, etc.

  1. Keep your body active.

Your body must not become lethargic. But it will go so if you allow it to do so. Do something beyond what you regularly do. Start with meditation and do basic stretching as well as cardio. Try some yoga poses and pilates. Or else, you can simply go for a regular walk. A healthy heart does require you to sweat a bit.

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