Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a day. Keeping yourself fit not only benefits the heart but also improves mental health and well-being.
Moderation is the key not abstinence. Try to eat a balanced diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, starch foods such as wholegrain bread and rice. Keep away from foods with Trans-fat.
In this fast pace world it is important to find time for leisure filled activities. Such activities would calm your mind as well as keep it fresh. Practice yoga/meditation.
Smoking reduces life expectancy by 15-25 years. If you are a smoker, you are twice more likely to have a heart attack than a non-smoker. The moment you stop smoking, the risk of heart attack begins to reduce. Non-smokers especially children are affected each year from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.
Manage your waist
Cholesterol deposition in blood vessels begins in the first decade of life. Carrying a lot of extra weight as fat can greatly affect your health. Make small and healthy changes to your diet.
Check your family history
If a close relative is at risk of developing coronary heart disease from smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, lack of physical activity, obesity and diabetes, then you could be at risk too. Routine medical check-ups are advised in such cases. Women under the age of 65 who have a family history of heart disease are more prone to heart disease.
Laughter is the best therapy
Laughter anytime will work wonders for you. It is an instant way to unleash the pressure and it makes you feel light.
Drop the salt
To maintain a healthy blood pressure, stop using salt at the table and try adding less to your cooking, or cut it completely. Watch out for high salt levels in processed foods. Check the food labels: a food is high in salt if it has more than 1.5gms salt per 100gms.
Eat fish twice a week. Fish such as mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon are an excellent source of omega-3 fats, which can help protect against heart disease.
This article originally appeared in The Guardian and has been written by the British Heart Foundation.