Many people are cleaning or renovating their homes before Diwali. Just as you don’t neglect the cleaning of your home and strive to improve its appearance, it is just as important to pay attention to the maintenance of your heart. If you constantly feel tired, have pain in unusual places on your body, or are unable to sleep properly, there is something your body might be trying to convey about your deteriorating heart health.
âSymptoms like headaches, pain in the arms or discomfort in certain parts of our body are often overlooked, but they are warning signs indicating a serious problem,â says Dr. Jaiveer Singh Khatri, cardiologist and general practitioner, Meddo Khatris Chest Pain Clinic.
While people can ignore these symptoms and go about their daily activities or worse take medication without consulting a medical expert for quick relief, the majority of heart problems are the result of our long term neglect.
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âAbout a year and a half since the pandemic has taken our attention away from all other health issues, including heart health. It’s time to realign our focus and work for a healthy heart, âsaid Dr Khatri.
Here are the dos and don’ts suggested by Dr. Khatri that we should follow in order to keep our heart healthy.
Balanced diet: It’s time to pay attention to your mom when she asks you to eat healthy and cut out all things fried or soda for better heart health. It’s a myth that young people can’t get heart disease. They can if there is a history of heart disease in the family or if they lead an unhealthy lifestyle. âIt’s best if you can cut down on junk food as much as possible and include more green, colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet. Eating nutritious and exercising is imperative to keeping your heart healthy. and in good shape, âsays Dr. Khatri.
Exercise: While most of us lead sedentary lifestyles due to the nature of our jobs or reliance on technology, we shouldn’t forget about our daily exercise. âWe are all tied to our laptops, televisions, and cellphones, which has drastically reduced physical activity. It is essential that you exercise regularly to burn those extra calories as well as to keep your muscles, blood circulation and your heart healthy, âsays the expert.
Stay hydrated: It is essential that your body is always hydrated. Water is essential to ensure that all of your body’s systems are working smoothly and in tandem. âDehydration affects the kidneys, heart, digestive system and blood pressure is also disturbed. Therefore, keep a water bottle with you and drink the water at regular intervals,â says Dr. Khatri.
Pay attention to your mental well-being: You need to control your emotions and not let them sway you in any direction. Anxiety, stress, anger and irritation are not good for your health. Specifically, if you’ve had episodes of heart problems in the past, make sure you don’t overthink and see a doctor whenever you feel stressed, according to the expert.
Be aware of the symptoms: Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and listen to your body, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, get it checked out. Minutes count! Quick action can save lives. Heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, leg pain, shortness of breath can indicate a brewing problem and it is essential that people pay attention.
Pay attention to your body’s signs: Regardless of your age, it is essential that you understand your body’s signs and adhere to normal physiological cycles. Late nights, binge eating salty and oily foods, alcoholism are like a welcome bell not only for heart problems, but also for many other complications that could arise as well, says Dr. Khatri.
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