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The Pakistani population has one of the highest rates of coronary heart disease in the world, with 30-40% of all deaths being related to cardiovascular conditions. There are many reasons behind these dismal statistics, the most important being a lack of awareness in the adult population. Women are more prone to neglecting their health and ignoring the danger signs as they juggle their work, family, and social pressures.

We all stay updated with our areas of interest, whether it be fashion or political scenarios, but it’s much more important to know about our fluctuating health parameters and how to control them.

The first step towards effective control is to understand your current status and then identify areas which need to be improved through targeted activities.

A quick self-assessment can be performed by answering the following questions:

•  Are you a woman above the age of 55?
•  Has anyone directly related to you had a heart attack or stroke?
•  Have you been diagnosed with any form of heart disease?
•  Have you been diagnosed with diabetes?
•  Have you ever been told that your blood pressure is high?
•  Have you ever been told that your blood cholesterol is high?
•  Do you smoke or do you live with someone who smokes?
•  Do you get moderate to the vigorous intensity of exercise on a regular basis?
•  Are you overweight?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you have one (or many) of the risk factors for heart disease.

Being at a higher risk does not mean that a heart attack is inevitable, it only means that you should take more preventive measures and monitor your risk factors regularly.

  • Blood tests for glucose and cholesterol should be performed at regular intervals.
  • Plus, a routine check of blood pressure and weight is a must.

Use a calendar, whether on your cell phone or on good ol’ paper, to mark your next checkup and maintain a record of your results so that any significant difference can be identified and nipped in the bud.

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Women who consider doing their household chores as exercise are just fooling themselves. Exercise for overall cardiovascular health includes at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity 5 days per week OR at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity 3 days per week.

Information about heart-healthy recipes, heart-healthy exercise regimes, and other heart-healthy lifestyle changes are easily available. However, often women visit their doctors only after their cardiac health has significantly worsened and they need medication to achieve the required effects.

Most women refuse to see a doctor until they have severe chest pain, which means the irreversible damage has already taken place. Sometimes the initial symptoms are much more subtle — heart disease could be the reason behind your shortness of breath after climbing stairs or your mild chest pain after lifting a heavy suitcase.

Monitor your risk factors before they turn into severe symptoms because by then, it might be too late.

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7 Foods that Lower the Risk of Heart Attack https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/7-foods-lower-risk-heart-attack https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/7-foods-lower-risk-heart-attack#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:51:55 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=33067

Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, it’s also your responsibility. You can do a lot to lower the odds of getting a heart attack. Taking action will improve your health — and, possibly, save your life. Get going on these ways to get on track with the foods that […]

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Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, it’s also your responsibility. You can do a lot to lower the odds of getting a heart attack. Taking action will improve your health — and, possibly, save your life. Get going on these ways to get on track with the foods that can help lower the risk of heart attack.

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal that Lower the Risk of Heart Attack

Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol. It acts as a sponge in the digestive tract and soaks up the cholesterol, so it is eliminated from the body and not absorbed into the bloodstream. Other whole grains such as bread, pasta and grits are also good for the heart as long as they still contain the entire grain.

2. Blueberries

Blueberries that Lower the Risk of Heart Attack

Not just blueberries, but strawberries and other berries as well are beneficial to the heart. According to a study women aged 25 through 42 who ate more than three servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack compared with those who ate less.

3. Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate that Lower the Risk of Heart Attack

Cocoa contains flavanols, which are organic chemicals with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property. These flavanols also improve your levels of nitric oxide, which can lower your blood pressure by widening blood vessels. One study found that people who ate dark chocolate- which is particularly rich in flavanols- for 15 days, experienced both a decrease in their blood pressure and improved glucose sensitivity.

4. Potatoes

Potatoes that Lower the Risk of Heart Attack

There’s no reason to shun potatoes because they’re white and look like a “bad” starch. As long as they’re not deep fried, potatoes can be good for your heart. They’re rich in potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. And they’re high in fiber, which can lower the risk for heart disease.

5. Nuts

Nuts that Lower the Risk of Heart Attack

This includes almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts and macadamia nuts, all of which contain good-for-your-heart fiber. They also contain vitamin E, which helps lower bad cholesterol. Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Look for varieties that don’t have a lot of added salt.

6. Green Tea

Green Tea that Lower the Risk of Heart Attack

Green tea has grown popular and brings with it significant health benefits. A 2013 study found that people who drank four or more cups of green tea daily had a 20 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack as compared with people who “rarely” drank green tea.

7. Avocado

Avocado that Lower the Risk of Heart Attack

This soft, tasty fruit has a well-established status for providing the body and heart with healthy fats. Like olive oil, they’re rich in the monounsaturated fats that may lower heart attack risk factors, such as cholesterol. They are also high in antioxidants and in potassium.

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7 Things You Should Know About Heart Health https://htv.com.pk/health/7-things-you-should-know-about-heart-health Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:20:33 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=4063

You should know the importance of the heart as an organ. Without a heart, you can’t live! With that said, you need to take care of your heart. Here, I’m going to talk about the vital things you must know to make sure your heart runs like a horse. Well, not exactly like a horse, but here are 7 things you should know about heart health.

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You should know the importance of the heart as an organ. Without a heart, you can’t live! With that said, you need to take care of your heart. Here, I’m going to talk about the vital things you must know to make sure your heart runs like a horse. Well, not exactly like a horse, but here are 7 things you should know about heart health.

Check Your Cholesterol Level

You can only find out information about your blood cholesterol via a blood or cholesterol test. Otherwise, you can be skinny and fit and still have high cholesterol. Don’t make the mistake of assumption and put yourself at a risk of cardiovascular disease!

It is imperative to keep a track of your blood cholesterol every now and then due to the strong impact of high cholesterol on your heart health. Too much cholesterol leads to its deposition in the walls of the arteries in the heart, leading to a condition known as atherosclerosis. In this disease, the arteries are narrowed because of the cholesterol build up and blood flow throw them is impaired.

Check Your Heart Rate

Heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. This is crucial to your heart health. The normal heart rate varies from one age group to another. The average heart rate (in resting state) of an adult is 60-100 beats per minute. The most common place for finding your pulse is the wrist.

If your heart rate is increased by a great margin or irregular, it’s imperative to go see a doctor!

 

Blood pressure: Key to Heart Health

You often hear doctors saying ‘blood pressure’s dropping’ or ‘BP’s shooting!’, but do you know what it really means? Blood pressure is the pressure exerted by the blood on the artery walls of the heart, while the blood is being pumped out.

Normal blood pressure is below 120/80. When blood pressure is consistently higher than that, it hints towards hypertension. Hypertension is a silent killer – it doesn’t come with symptoms.

It is therefore necessary to monitor your blood pressure frequently. You can do it yourself at home using a digital blood pressure device.

Know Your Numbers

Blood pressure and heart rate aren’t the only numbers you need to keep track of. Another measurement you need to be monitoring is your waistline. Obese people are multiple times greater at risk of heart attack, hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Keep a track of your BMI. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. If your BMI is above 25, you are over-weight.

Quit Smoking!

Of course, smoking as you should know, affects your lungs and can cause lung cancer. But, did you know that smoking also increases your risk of a heart attack? An estimated 1 out of 5 deaths from heart disease is directly linked to smoking. The nicotine in cigarette raises your blood pressure and shoots your heart rate.

Stress

Stressing out does not only mentally frustrate you, but also has an impact on your heart. Stress is an established risk factor for heart disease. Stress leads to persistently high levels of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol and has also been linked to changes in the way blood clots.

Exercise More to Keep Your Heart Young

Make exercise a part of your life. Take a walk or go for a run every day, join the gym or do an easy cardio work-out at home! It strengthens your heart, helps maintain you blood pressure, and also helps regulate your weight!

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Eat your way to a healthy heart https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/eat-your-way-to-a-healthy-heart Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:04:28 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=10005

Eating healthy is not only good for keeping you in shape but it also keeps your vital organ healthy and fully functional.

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Eating healthy is not only good for keeping you in shape but it also gives you a healthy heart and fully functional vital organs. Our eating patterns are extremely important; these define our physique and help us maintain our weight. What goes in our body has its own affects, so it is important to keep an eye on every bite that goes inside you.

Bad choice of food not only leads to bad health but also, in the long run, affects our mental capabilities, often causing depression.

Our heart is an important organ of our body; it is that vital part which keeps our body going. Without a healthy, working heart, we couldn’t even be alive. Our diets have serious affects on the health of our hearts. Heart diseases have been prevalent lately a lot among people due to the bad choice of food they make.

A lot of research papers have been published regarding heart health. These papers have always emphasized on the importance of eating healthy and keeping your heart away from high levels of cholesterol. Eating foods that are good for your heart is not only substantial but also healthy.
Eating well proportioned meals every day which are equally spaced all day long is good for your overall health too. Incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, seafood, vegetable oil, nuts and dairy products to your daily diet would definitely keep your heart healthy, fit and fine. Try to consume unprocessed red meat and egg in moderation, not going beyond a limit.

Obviously, to keep your heart in good health, avoid proceed meat, refined sugar and all those sugary drinks that you love. You heart is an asset and if once damaged, chances are that you would have to live with that malfunctioning. Keeping you active, burning those extra calories and losing those extra bulging fat should be your priority. In order to make sure that your heart stays healthy it is important that you eat in moderation, controlling all your sugary and oily cravings, eating as healthy as possible, working out a little whenever you could grab some time.

All in all your heart must be taken care of, it is important for your body. You might seem to be careless but that wouldn’t keep you healthy. Keep yourself hydrated; banish that entire junk carton from your kitchen cabinet. Despite what age you are, it is important to consider the health issues and cater for them before they get serious. Even if you are young, you should make your health a priority. Your eating habits would definitely make a difference and make your heart healthy, fit and fine.

In the longer run, your heart has to do a lot, so keep it healthy.

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A Month Before a Heart Attack, Your Body will Warn You with These 8 Signs https://htv.com.pk/health/month-heart-attack-body-will-warn-8-signs Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:32:00 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=29401

If something went wrong with your heart, would you know it? Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to […]

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If something went wrong with your heart, would you know it? Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on.

Not all people who have heart attacks have the same symptoms. Some people have mild pain; others have more severe pain. Some people have no symptoms. While for others, the first sign may be sudden cardiac arrest. However, the more signs and symptoms you have, the greater the likelihood you’re going to have a heart attack.

Prevention is better than cure. This simple rule applies to any disease and is especially valuable when symptoms are not properly acknowledged. And if the matter is of heart, it’s better to take extra caution.

Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these below discussed heart attack warning signs. Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.

8 Warning Signs Pointing To a Near Heart Attack

Heart Attack Warning Signs

1. Chest Discomfort

It’s the most common sign of heart in danger. If you have a blocked artery or are having a heart attack, you may feel pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest.

Everyone has a different word for that feeling. Some people say it’s like an elephant is sitting on them. Other people say it’s like pinching or burning.

2. Shortness of Breath

Feeling short of breath is a common symptom of a heart attack. Shortness of breath, or difficulty in breathing, is medically known as dyspnea. Shortness of breath may occur before or during the chest pain of a heart attack, and in some cases, it may be associated with other heart attack symptoms without any chest pain.

3. Abdominal Discomfort

Sometimes the pain of heart attack is described as stomach pain, or pain in the middle of the upper abdomen. The pain usually feels more like discomfort of heaviness than sharp, stabbing pain, and the pain tends to persist more than a few minutes. This can occur with or without pain in the true chest area.

4. Fatigue

Unusual fatigue is one of the main symptoms that indicate an approaching heart attack. Women are more likely to report this type of symptom than men. Physical or mental activity is not the reason for the fatigue, and it increases by the end of the day. This symptom is quite apparent and will not go ignored. Sometimes it’s exhausting to complete simple household tasks, like making a bed or taking a shower.

5. Insomnia

Insomnia is also associated with an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke, which is more common among women. Insomnia features often include a high level of anxiety and inattentiveness, difficulty maintaining sleep, and early-morning awakening.

6. Irregular Heartbeat

Skipped or irregular heartbeats are often accompanied by a panic attack and anxiety, especially among women. It appears unexpectedly and reveals itself differently. Physical exercises might give an extra stimulus to the increase of heart rate, especially in cases with atherosclerosis (narrowing of arteries) disease.

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7. Sweating

Sweating can also accompany a heart attack. People suffering from this sign describe the feeling like they are breaking out in a cold sweat.

8. Upper Back Pain

The upper back is another common location for the pain from a heart attack. Most commonly, back pain that stems from a heart attack is defined as occurring between the shoulder blades.

If you face any of the above sign and are in doubt, you should see a doctor right away.

#ProtectYourHeart

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