A Healthy Heart means a Healthy You

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The Daily routine of Today’s fast faced and work placed life leads to stress, which effects the heart. A healthy heart means a healthy you. Today, even youngsters are prone to heart ailments. So, it's very important to stay healthy and manage your stress levels by understanding the risk factors — high cholesterol levels, stressful lifestyle, smoking, and lack of exercise — following simple changes in lifestyle. Here are some healthy heart tips for you..

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1.Avoid Smoking

Smoking causes lungs cancer and reduces life expectancy by 15-25 years. But 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.

2.Have a count on salt

Intake of salt is directly related to your blood pressure level. Too much salt can cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

3. WATCH YOUR DIET
Try to have a balanced diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, starch foods such as wholegrain bread and rice.

4. MONITOR YOUR ALCOHOL
Too much alcohol can damage the heart muscle, increase blood pressure and also lead to weight gain. Avoid intake of alcohol or at least limit it to one to two units a day, gradually decreasing the consumption.

5. GET ACTIVE
At least aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. Keeping yourself fit not only benefits the heart but also improves mental health and well-being.

6. MANAGE YOUR STRESS LEVEL
If you find things are getting on top of you, you may fail to eat properly, smoke and drink too much. This may increase your risk of a heart attack. Practice yoga/meditation. Take a vacation.

7. 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 but healthy changes in your diet.

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