12 Ways to Slash Your Risk of HEART AT­TACK

TREAT YOUR HEART WITH CARE AND IT WILL SERVE YOU WELL FOR LIFE. IT DOESN’T TAKE A LOT TO KEEP IT HEALTHY AND PUMP­ING, AS THESE EASY TIPS PROVE.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Sl Clinic Special - OUR EX­PERT Dr Jack Tan, deputy head and se­nior con­sul­tant, De­part­ment of Car­di­ol­ogy, Na­tional Heart Cen­tre Sin­ga­pore BY SASHA GON­ZA­LES

1 CHOOSE CAR­DIO­VAS­CU­LAR EX­ER­CISE

Strength ex­er­cises are good, but if you re­ally want to boost st your heart health, you can’t beat an en­er­getic car­dio­vas­cu­lar work­out. t. It can be any­thing that in­creases s your heart rate and me­tab­o­lism, and nd gets the oxy­gen pump­ing around nd your body – try brisk walk­ing, run­ning, ning, danc­ing, or even house­work. Aim m for at least 30 min­utes of car­dio­vas­cu­lar scu­lar ac­tiv­ity, three times a week.

2 LOSE THE BELLY FAT (EVEN IF YOU AREN’T OVER­WEIGHT)

You know that be­ing over­weight in­creases your risk of heart dis­ease. But did you know that, even if you are of a nor­mal weight, hav­ing ex­ces­sive ab­dom­i­nal fat could in­crease your chances of hav­ing a heart at­tack? This type of fat, called vis­ceral fat, is an im­por­tant risk fac­tor for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease in women. So adopt a weight­loss eat­ing plan if you have to, and get mov­ing to help get rid of that danger­ous belly flab.

3 GET SCREENED

High blood pres­sure, a risk fac­tor for heart dis­ease, is of­ten a silent killer. In fact, up to a third of peo­ple with high blood pres­sure don’t even know they have it. The first sign of trou­ble is of­ten a heart at­tack, stroke or kid­ney fail­ure. Af­ter you turn 40, it’s best to get checked an­nu­ally for hy­per­ten­sion, di­a­betes and high choles­terol.

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