Sunday, September 26, 2010

For a Healthy Heart



More than 80% of heart diseases such as heart attack and strokes are preventable. Healthy diet, regular physical activity and not using tobacco products are the keys to prevention.
Eat a healthy diet: A balanced diet is crucial to a healthy heart and circulation system. This should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish and pulses, and restricted salt, sugar and fat intake.
Take regular physical activity: Atleast 30 minutes of regular physical activities everyday helps to maintain cardiovascular fitness; atleast 60 minutes on most days helps to maintain healthy weight.
Avoid Tobacco use: Tobacco in every form is very harmful to health – cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or chewable tobacco. Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke is also dangerous. The risk of heart attack and stroke starts to drop immediately after a person stops using tobacco products, and can drop as much as half after one year.
Know your Blood Pressure: High Blood Pressure usually has no symptoms but can cause a sudden stroke or heart attack. Have your Blood Pressure checked periodically.
Know your Blood Sugar: Raised Blood Glucose (Diabetes) increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. If you have Diabetes, it is very important to control your Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar to minimize the risk.
Know your Blood Lipids: Raised Blood Cholesterol increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Blood Cholesterol needs to be controlled through a healthy diet and if necessary, by appropriate medications.
Global Hospitals on the occasion of the Heart Day is running the Essential Heart Check Programme from 26 September 2010 till 31 October 2010. We encourage you to take an Essential Heart Check, which includes ECG, Lipid Profile, FBS and Cardiologist Consultation at never before price of Rs. 295/- (valid till 31 October 2010).
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