Did You Know?
1. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally.
2. An estimated 17.9 million people die from CVD every year worldwide. Out of which 4.77 million people die in India due to heart attack and stroke.
3. 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke can be prevented by addressinglifestyle risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol.
This indicates a harsh reality that 32% of all global deaths are due to CVDs. This just reiterates that safeguarding our heart is so extremely crucial for survival. Perhaps the reason why World Heart Day is celebrated globally on 29th September every year.
A healthy heart is central to overall good health. There is a heart rhythm in our body, right from the moment we wake up in the morning which goes 24x7 throughout the time we live. Though, we never notice it, but it’s high time that we listen to what our heart has to say. Embracing a healthy lifestyle at any age can prevent heart disease and lower the risk for a heart attack. One is never too old or too young to start taking care of their heart. Hence, delve into a few ways to take care for our heart:
*Diagnostic Tests: One way to ensure a healthy heart is through “Heart Screening”. Early detection is crucial as it helps to identify potential health problems, and of course! makes treatment more effective and efficient. Besides this, every one of us needs to understand that by doing the below healthy tips, we can ensure a smooth and safe life not just for ourselves but also for our loved ones.
*Exercise: Challenge to Walk, Run, Ride - to keep the heart pumping smoothly. It is important that you exercise each day without fail. A daily exercise routine (even if it’s while watching TV) or any other form of physical activity for a period of 30-45 minutes is mandatory to keep the arteries flexible. It also keeps the blood pressure levels in check.
*Follow a Healthy Diet: All of us know that eating healthy is the key to living longer. However, most of us tend to ignore it. What you consume will show its results on the body. So, remember to always choose healthy and fresh over the processed foods. Keep the oil and sugar amounts to minimal.
*Lose Excess Weight: Excess of body weight is dangerous for the heart. Always keep a strict eye on the weighing machine because weight is a major catalyst to shooting up cholesterol level, the birth of diabetes, risk of artery disease, and blood pressure. Ensure that the BMI(Body Mass Index) is optimal.
*Avoid Smoking and Alcohol:It is best to avoid any consumption of both tobacco and alcohol. This may be difficult to follow but worth the effort. If you are habitual, bring it down to minimal level and finally quit it. Smoking elevates blood pressure levels, causes irregular heartbeat, and stokes. Overall, it disrupts the normal functioning of the heart.
*Be Stress-free: Keep stress at bay as much as possible. This is because it leads to increased heart rate which can in turn result in loss of oxygen leading to chest pain. You are a greater heart risk if you worry all the time. Engage in hobbies and stay optimistic.
Stay Fit, Stay Healthy, Stay Happy! Take a pledge today to keep your heart healthy and get yourself and your family insured under Health Insurance Policy.