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Heart Disease-Everything you need to know to keep that heart-healthy 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia. One in every four deaths in the U.S.occurs as a result of heart disease.       

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‘Heart Disease’, the term covers up all the disorders related to the heart, a pretty similar situation being the cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels and also lead to clogged arteries. Do you know poor cardiovascular health can actually lead to heart stroke or heart attack?

What’s eating up that ‘Heart’?

I believe it’s the lifestyle, pretty much everything is dependent on how we live and what we eat, the consequences of a poor lifestyle?Atherosclerosis or the narrowing of arteries. Smoking, Hypertension and also that last samosa you had, all of it could lead to increased cholesterol levels and it does lead to irritation of the inner lining of the arteries, it could lead to the collection of plaque and that leads to narrowed arteries. This doesn’t end here, that plaque could even rupture leading to the formation of blood clots and further increasing the health complexities.

These conditions can reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood, a reason for heart stroke and heart attack.

Are you too lazy for that stroll?

Staying at a stationary position for an extended period of time can lead to high blood pressure and poor heart health, did you walk today?

Reduce that Blood Pressure! High blood pressure is a complete NO for the heart health, thankfully you can control it naturally, even without medication.

Let’s Run: Exercise is one of the best things you can do, it makes your heart work efficiently and effectively. Studies have proven that 150 minutes of moderate exercise like walking or light aerobics and 75 minutes of vigorous exercise like running and cardio if done every week, can bring a serious change to raising blood pressure patterns. Make a routine, walk for 30minutes a day.

Cut added sugars and reduce that sodium intake: High sugars is directly proportional to high blood pressure, cut that cola, have lemonade instead. Not just that sweet sticky food, even your bread has refined sugars, this sometimes kicks the sugar levels higher and the blood pressure rises. Even balancing the salt intake can help a lot.

Manage that stress: It’s the most difficult part but did you try making planners and listening to your favorite music? Make yourself more organized and you’ll definitely feel better. Help at home!

 Here are a few home remedies to lower that increased blood pressure,

Omega 3 oil: Taking omega 3 in the form of walnuts or flaxseed oil can actually manage blood pressure levels and rejuvenate cells, also it helps to bring better and healthy sleeping pattern.

Apple cider vinegar: It is an immediate solution for high blood pressure, instantly brings calm to indigestion, diarrhea and also helps with weight management. Three teaspoons per day can lower your blood pressure naturally within a week.

Garlic: Garlic releases allicin that helps with calming inflammation and managing high blood pressure. Make sure you leave it for 15minutes after crushing it.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon regulates blood sugar, manages cholesterol and even reduces stress, the problems pretty much solved over here. Add a pinch of it to your tea or sprinkle some over that dessert too, it’s going to enhance the flavors and make it healthier.

Drink some coconut water: It is a rich source of potassium and magnesium, will control your blood sugar levels and help to maintain that cholesterol bar. High blood pressure is a silent killer, it can cause micro-tears in the arteries and lead to complex coronary diseases.

Understanding those ‘2’ numbers, when that blood pressure is checked there are 2 digits that basically decide the condition, systole, and diastole. Systolic pressure is the first one and should not exceed 120 (it’s the force of blood being pumped) and Diastolic number should be less than 80 (it’s the rate at which the heart is refilling with blood).

When to see a doctor?

You should see a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Pain in neck, jaw or back
  • Breathlessness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Can you rely on medications?

I would say, try the other way out,  instead adopt a healthy lifestyle and don’t depend on the medications for too long.

The alpha-blockers and alpha 2 agonists are the conventional salts used to treat this condition, these work by dilating the arteries, reducing blood vessel constriction and targeting nervous system activities.

Long term use of these medications can lead to complexities and even death.

 Online apps to check Blood Pressure and Healthy heart rate

We are gradually moving towards a really advanced world where all the facilities would be at our fingertips, with the advanced technological developments, the medical areas have also flourished, bringing medical tools to the digital android world. Check out these cool applications that will accompany you wherever you’ll go,

  • Blood Pressure Companion: A very clear user interface, tracking is done through logs, charts, and histograms. You can even read what’s causing the abnormalities and bring the change into your routines accordingly.
  • Pacer: Whether your phone is in your hands or your pocket,  this app is going to track your steps all day long, keeping a check on the calories burnt as well.
  •  Sleep Cycle: Inadequate sleep is one of the key reasons for high blood pressure, this app keeps a track of daily activities and helps you manage your routines so you can get a nice sleep for the required hours.

The best part,  all of these apps are for free!

To manage your life, adopt a healthy lifestyle and I wish you happy heart health.

Author Bio:

Henna is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to fitness, yoga, and natural remedies, through her writing.  She can connect with others experiencing health concerns and help them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies.

 

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