Heart diseases are rampant in US and other western countries. Developing economies, such as India, are also not far behind. And therefore this is the high time we should start learning more about our hearts and what can be done to prevent heart diseases. Here are 5 steps that a heart specialist in India shared with me:
1. Know which foods to eat more of, and which ones to limit
You might know that certain foods increase your risk for a heart disease while others help you keep your heart healthy. In general, you should have more of vegetables and fruits as they are rich in vitamins and minerals. Refined, processed or fast foods, on the other hand, should be limited.
2. Take a look at your portion size
There are people who keep on eating until they feel stuffed. Overeating leads to eating more calorie, fat and cholesterol. And this is certainly not good for your heart. Remember, how much you eat is as important as what you eat. Control your portion size and bring down your chances of developing a heart disease.
3. Whole grains do wonders to your heart
Whole grains, like barley, contain fibre and many other nutrients, which can help regulate blood pressure and heart health. Substitute the refined products with the whole grains. Ground flaxseed is a great addition to a heart healthy diet. It is full of fiber and nutrients. Try it.
4. Reduce your intake of sodium
Excessive sodium can lead to high blood pressure and poor heart health. Therefore reduce it. Reducing the amount of salt from the food that you prepare at home is the first thing you should do. However, you should be more careful about the salt that comes from the consumption of canned and processed foods, such as soups and frozen dinners.
5. Heart healthy exercise
Make exercise a part of your daily life. Yoga, aerobics, Ti-chi, whatever fascinates you, start it and save your heart.
6. When you are diagnosed with a heart disease
There is no need to lose heart. There are treatments available for almost all heart diseases. If its costly in your country, you can get the treatment in some other countries, which offer affordable treatments. Cardiology treatment in India, for example, would cost you a fraction of what you would spend in a hospital in US or UK.
The best thing is cardiology treatment in India is performed with the same precision and care that you would receive at a hospital in US or UK.