Tips to maintain a healthy heart

Cardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of deaths globally. The heart is the center of your cardiovascular system and plays an essential role in just about everything that gives your body life – ranging from the transportation of oxygen to the success of your immune system. However, leading an unhealthy lifestyle can dramatically affect the overall health of your heart and the many other tissues
that make up your cardiovascular system.

Here are a few tips to keep your heart healthy

1. Avoid Smoking
Studies show that smoking reduces your life expectancy by 15 -25 years. Smoking doesn’t just affect your lungs, it affects your entire body, increasing the risk of a variety of problems. Nicotine present in the cigarette is one of the main reasons for Coronary Artery Disease. A regular smoker is 2 times more likely to get a Heart Attack than a non-smoker. Quit smoking today and maintain a healthy heart.

2. Maintain a balanced diet and watch your weight

Your food intake plays a pivotal role in the functioning of your entire body. Obese people have a higher risk of acquiring heart diseases. Maintaining a balanced diet, consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, starchy foods such as wholegrain bread and rice can reduce your risk of having heart diseases.

3. Cut down on salt intake
Cutting down on salt consumption reduces the risk of heart attack. High salt content disrupts the balance of fluids in your body. It can lead to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of coronary heart disease.

4. Regular Exercise
Engaging in cardiovascular forms of exercise daily for an hour keeps your heart in good condition. Keeping yourself fit with regular physical activity not only benefits your heart but also plays a pivotal role in improving mental health and wellbeing.At the Citizens Specialty Hospital, we have a special program called Citizens Heart – which includes cardiology and cardiac surgery specialities. We look at heart care with a
holistic perspective that goes beyond superior diagnostic and treatment procedures, to post-treatment management and preventive cardiology. The department offers a full range of treatments like angioplasty (heart stenting treatment), bypass, open heart surgery and other services for treating cardiovascular diseases round-the-clock.

World Heart Federation appeals to you to take the following pledge.

It’s about saying to ourselves, the people we care about and individuals all around the world, “what can I do right now to look after MY HEART… and YOUR HEART?” It also resonates with the professional cardiology and healthcare audiences who dedicate themselves to looking after ALL OUR HEARTS.” Take a pledge to care for the hearts of you and your loved ones on this World Heart Day.

In case you have any queries, you can always consult our Cardiac experts & get answers to your questions!