The hectic lives we lead these days coupled with workplace pressures, unhealthy eating habits and surmounting stress takes a toll on the heart’s health. Under these circumstances Dr. Chajjer’s preventive measures suggest a few lifestyle changes that can go a long way in preventing the risk of heart disorders.
• Be careful about your diet – ensure that your meals are a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, carbs and proteins. Do not depend much on fast food
• Avoid smoking, since smokers are twice more likely to suffer a heart attack than non-smokers
• Cut down on the salt content in food. Salt causes an increase in the blood pressure which may lead to an increased chance of a coronary disease
• Keep your alcohol consumption in check, because too much alcohol can not only weaken the heart muscles, but also cause an increase in blood pressure and weight gain. Restrict the alcohol intake to a maximum of 1 or two units per day
• Regularly monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Routine medical checkups of at least once in three months are a must
• Exercise regularly. Ensure that your body gets at least 30 minutes of physical exercise each day.
• Check if anyone in your family has suffered a heart attack. Though coronary disorders are not exactly hereditary in nature, research suggests that a member of the family having suffered from the same increases the risk factor
• Most importantly, manage your stress levels. If things are getting too stressful then resort to a method to deal with it – try laughter therapy, yoga/meditation or simply take a vacation
Remember, nothing is more important than a healthy life!