10TIPS

HEALTHY

Woman's Era - - Short Story - By fol­low­ing these tips the risk of heart at­tack can be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.

Dr. Ra­jiv Passey is one of the renowned in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gists in New Delhi. He is work­ing as Se­nior Con­sul­tant Car­di­ol­o­gist at Sir Ganga Ram Hos­pi­tal and is rou­tinely per­form­ing coro­nary an­gio­plasty both pri­mary and elec­tive an­gio­plas­ties along with stent im­plan­ta­tion & he has ex­pe­ri­ence of im­plant­ing Per­ma­nent Pace­mak­ers & other de­vices.

Dr. Ra­jiv Passey

Se­nior Con­sul­tant In­ter­ven­tional Car­di­ol­o­gist Dharma Vira Heart Cen­ter, Sir Ganga Ram Hos­pi­tal, New Delhi -110060, In­dia Mo­bile: 09810178588 Clinic: C-111 Preet Vi­har Delhi 110092 for Ap­point­ment

For Ap­point­ment at Clinic Phone:

011-42421024

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Tel: 011-42251700, 9810807987 oday's fast-paced life and work­place pres­sures es­ca­late stress lev­els, tak­ing a toll on one's heart. We must re­al­ize that the heal­ing power of the body de­creases when un­der stress, lead­ing to many com­pli­ca­tions like hyper­ten­sion and obe­sity. 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.

Avoid smok­ing: Smok­ing re­duces life ex­pectancy by 15-25 years. 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.

Cut down on salt: Too much salt can cause high blood pres­sure, which in­creases the risk of de­vel­op­ing coro­nary heart dis­ease.

Watch your diet: Try to have a bal­anced diet. Eat fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, avoid starchy foods such as whole­grain bread and rice.

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.

Get ac­tive: At least aim for 30 to 45 min­utes of mod­er­ate ex­er­cise a day. Keep­ing your­self fit not only ben­e­fits the heart but also im­proves men­tal health and well-be­ing.

Mon­i­tor your BP, blood sugar and choles­terol lev­els: Rou­tine med­i­cal check-ups will ring an alarm if you need med­i­cal help. In case the re­ports are de­ranged then life­style changes & medicines can be taken to re­duce the heart at­tack risk.

Man­age your weight: 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.

Man­age your stress level & Con­trol to your Anger: 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. Anger only harms you.

Check your fam­ily his­tory: If a close rel­a­tive is at risk of de­vel­op­ing coro­nary heart dis­ease from smok­ing, high BP, high choles­terol, lack of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, obe­sity and di­a­betes, then you could be at risk too. His­tory of heart dis­ease, di­a­betes & high BP in par­ents in­crease the risk in in­di­vid­u­als.

Laugh­ter is the best ther­apy:

Laugh­ter any­time will work won­ders for you. It is an in­stant way to un­leash the pres­sure and it makes you feel light.

Dr. Ra­jiv Passey DNB, DM, MNAMS, FICP, FESC

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