Caring for an aging heart

Caring for an aging heart

As your age increases, your body and its organs also start aging. This includes the heart as well, and in India more than one third of the deaths are caused due to heart diseases. There are various health diseases like coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, etc. that people will age above 50 are more likely to encounter if they do not take good care of their heart. The major causes of these heart diseases are smoking, bad lifestyle, diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure and obesity.

Here is a list of tips that you should follow to take care of your aging heart:

1. Exercise: Obesity is one of the major causes of heart diseases and exercising daily will help you keep your weight in check. Minimal exercises like jogging, stepping or walking for 15 minutes can keep your heart healthy by improving blood circulation in the body.

2. Diet: Consuming junk food increases your cholesterol level which directly affects the health of your heart. To keep your heart healthy, make sure that you have a balanced diet and if you are aged above 50 then it is better if your diet contains high fibre, low carbs, more vitamins and minerals. Try to reduce your intake of salt, sugar and avoid consumption of packaged food items like chips. Eating green leafy vegetables and nuts make your heart healthy.

3. Drink Water: Make it a point to intake 4-5 litres of water in a day. Dehydration thickens the blood volume which slows down the blood flow, causing a strain on your heart. Therefore, always stay hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

4. Quit smoking: It is not a surprise that smoking is injurious to health. We all know this and still most of us have a habit of smoking. This extremely bad habit may lead to angina, which is sort of a heart attack.

5. Be Positive: Stress is not good for your mind as well as your heart. Whenever you are in a stressful situation, your heart starts beating very fast. Therefore, do not stress yourself much and learn to have a positive attitude towards life.

6. Annual Check-up: We are sure that you have heard the phrase that Prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, make sure that you get yourself checked up annually so that even if you encounter some disease, it is detected at an early stage ensuring more chances of it being cured.

For any heart related queries or a regular check-up, contact our expert cardiologists Dr T.S. Kler and his team of highly skilled surgeons at PSRI Hospitals ( ), book and appointment with us.

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