Are you in your 40s? Then, you need to beware of heart problems. Yes, Heart problems can strike-in at any stage. Hence, taking preventive measures can help you reduce the risk of heart disease and improve your quality of life. Read on to know about keeping your heart healthy in your 40s. Also, don’t forget to follow the vital tips listed in the article below.
The cases of heart attack in youngsters are increasing at a rapid rate, and many are losing their precious lives. A sedentary lifestyle like lack of physical activity, stress, unhealthy eating habits, and even comorbidities can double the chances of heart problems. Yes, you have heard it right! Diabetes can give a tough time to your heart. Did you know? High blood sugar levels can lead to atherosclerosis that is the build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls. Hence, you will suffer from chronic health problems and fall prey to a heart attack. Even high blood pressure tends to make your heart muscles thicken, harms the blood vessels, and invites a heart attack. Have you gained oodles of weight? Then, you will immediately have to embrace a healthy lifestyle to battle the bulge. Being overweight or obese can lead to a heart attack. Moreover, smoking can raise blood pressure and narrows them, making you prone to a heart attack. Thus, once you turn 40, you need to pay attention to your health in order to lead a healthy life.
Know what you can do to keep your heart healthy
It is a no-brainer that quitting smoking can do the trick. So, opt for a smoking cessation program and try to limit your alcohol intake too.
Try to get active by exercising daily. You can walk or do aerobics. Do not indulge in intensive workouts that can strain your heart. It is better to speak to your doctor before starting any fitness routine. Exercise for at least 5 days a week for half-an-hour.
Moreover, you will also have to stay healthy and maintain an optimum weight. Eat more fibre and avoid sugar, salt, and trans fats. Include fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, pulses, legumes, oats, and whole grains in the diet. Say No to pizza, pasta, cake, pastries, donuts, desserts, sweets, namkeens, and colas. Eat food in controlled proportion. Check food labels before buying anything to make sure you are not having too much salt.
Maintain appropriate cholesterol and blood sugar levels as recommended by the doctor. Do not ignore symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, breathing problems, and even unusual sweating.
Stress can be problematic for your heart. So, try to stay happy and calm down by opting for relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation. Invest time in doing what you like. Paint, listen to music, dance, or cook.
By Dr. Chetan Bhambure, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road.