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general cardiac health awareness
Having high blood pressure can put a strain on your heart. High blood pressure may have contributed to your heart failure. Taking your prescribed medicines will help to control your blood pressure, as will cutting down on salt and alcohol.
Eating healthy, staying a healthy weight and keeping active will also help. Even if you don't have high blood pressure now, these things will help to keep your blood pressure low and reduce the risk of other heart problems.
Smoking increases the workload of your heart and decreases the amount of oxygen that can be carried in your blood. Giving up smoking is the single most important thing that you can do to help to protect your heart and improve your symptoms.
If you are already quite fit, brisk walking or dancing is good. For some people it might be a more modest activity such as a gentle walk or easy yoga class. Some people may not be able to do these types of activities but will still be helped by strengthening or chair-based exercises.
And physical activity isn't limited to sports, exercise or going to the gym. There are many regular activities we do on a daily basis that involve being active, such as walking the dog, playing with children or grandchildren, washing the car and doing the housework.
Cardiac diseases can be avoided if one monitors their diet, weight and improves over all quality of life. Incorporating right amounts of fruits, vegetables, proteins (I.e, lean cut meat, beans, fish and lentils), carbohydrates and fluids in diet is very crucial for maintaining a healthy heart. At least three balanced meals a day should be taken which can include small portions of lean meat, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, potatoes and bread. Also, daily calorie intake value of an adult female is 2000kcal and that of an adult male is 2500kcal. So it is important not to exceed this value. Moreover, if one feels like snacking in between the meals, then fruits and nuts are a great choice. However, savoury snacks and desserts should be avoided as they have absolutely no health benefits and can only trigger weight gain and heart related issues. Furthermore, cooking oils like olive oil and sunflower oil are good fats which do not have adverse effects on the heart’s health.
Another key point is exercise. It is very vital to maintain weight which in turn keeps the heart functioning smoothly. But before starting any sort of physical activity or changing the diet, one must always consult a doctor or physician. When it comes to diet, too much salt can cause weight gain because salt retains water and the weight we see on the scales can be mostly water weight. This weight gain happens within couple of days which is an indication of fluid retention. Other symptoms may include, bloating and swelling. Too much salt can also cause high blood pressure which is bad for the heart. It is necessary to check food labels before buying. Instead, it is preferred to use salt substitutes. One should avoid using canned or packaged foods as they have high quantities of salt. In the end, it is not impossible to take care of your heart if you maintain a healthy lifestyle which involves all of the above mentioned tips.
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