How to keep your Heart Healthy

It isn’t enough to just be aware of the risk factors for heart disease that you might possess. An active effort needs to be made in order to ensure that our hearts health is always a priority. Some ways in which we can maintain our heart health are:

  • Stop smoking: Tobacco smoking directly increases your blood pressure, thereby putting you at a greater risk for heart diseases and stroke. If you are a smoker already, speak to your doctor in ways in which you can completely kick the habit.

 

  • Manage your cholesterol: Make sure that your HDL (good cholesterol) levels are healthy, while your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels are kept low. LDL causes fat buildup in the body and can lead to the blocking of arteries, thereby resulting in a heart attack. If you see an increase in your LDL levels, take the necessary steps to bring the value down.

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Habits that are Harmful for your Heart

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the UAE a recent study suggests. A number of factors associated with increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, among these some are non-modifiable and most are modifiable, that means we can be able to manage within our daily routines of life.

Some of the harmful habits in our daily routine can damage our heart health. Mentioned below are some of the habits :

Sitting all day: A recent study by the American Heart Association compared people with an active lifestyle to those who are sitting more than 5 hours a day and concluded that the latter group has double the risk of heart disease. This inactivity could be related to an office job or watching TV. If your job requires sitting all day it is very important to get up and take a walk of 5 minutes to an hour, to promote blood flow in arteries and keep your arteries flexible and protect against the negative effects of being sedentary.

Stressing too much: Stress is associated with the release of adrenaline which causes an increase in the heart rate and blood pressure, causing damage to blood vessels of the heart leading to heart attack and stroke.
Following are the recommendation to minimize the harmful effects of stress:
1. Share your feeling by talking with a trusted friend or family member.
2. Make a routine of daily exercise to relieve the mental stress, 30 min walk of moderate intensity most day of the week is advised.
3. Plan your day, prioritizing your daily work will prevent rushing to get everything done.

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Heart age and risk factors

World Heart Day is commemorated every year, on the 29th of September in order to spread awareness about the risk factors for heart diseases and stroke, as well as to provide information on the ways in which a person can have a healthy heart.

However, the heart can become vulnerable to habitual risk factors like smoking, eating an unhealthy diet or putting it under stress. The system can also be weakened from a pre-existing heart condition. When your heart’s functions become compromised, this is known as cardiovascular disease, a broad term that covers any disorder to the system that has the heart at its center.

The WHO defines a risk factor as an attribute, characteristic or exposure of an individual that increases the likelihood of developing a disease or injury. It should be noted, however, that just because a person has a risk factor for heart disease, it does not mean that they will necessarily develop that disease. It does, however, mean that the person’s likelihood of developing cardiovascular diseases increases. The risk factors for heart disease can be divided into two types – modifiable and non-modifiable.

  • Modifiable risk factors: Those that can be eliminated through medical intervention or lifestyle changes
    • Obesity
    • Unhealthy diet
    • Lack of physical activity
    • High BP
    • Diabetes
    • Tobacco use
    • Unhealthy diet
    • Cholesterol
  • Non-modifiable risk factors: Those that cannot be eliminated, but rather have to be worked around through a healthy lifestyle
    • A family  history of heart disease
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Ethnicity
    • Socioeconomic status                                                                   

                                                              YOUR HEART AGE

While your chronological age is the number of years that you have lived since your birth, you heart age is a little more complex. Your heart age is one way to ascertain your risk for a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases. It is calculated by using the following metrics: your age, family history with heart disease, diet, physical activity, smoking, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. A higher heart age implies that you might be at a greater risk for heart disease. The aforementioned metrics are not chosen arbitrarily, in fact, they are the leading risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.

You can now check your own heart age with the Aster Clinic heart age calculator. Just provide the online tool with the necessary information and have your heart age calculated for you.

 

                                                          Visit: www.myheartage.net 

 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of chronic disease morbidity and mortality all over the world.  Around 17.7 million people worldwide succumb to cardiovascular diseases every year.

Get yourself & your near & dear ones a FREE Healthy Heart Check at selected Aster Clinics.

Also avail customized, discounted Healthy Heart Packages to suit your heart health needs.

 

                                                            http://bit.ly/HeartPackages

 

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Skincare for men

Grooming and skincare have always been associated with women. However, with the increase in the number of spas and salons in Dubai, male grooming has seen a rise as well. Moreover, with most men now becoming more conscious about their looks, they have begun to take care of their looks and skin. A few years back, it was more like there was a social stigma associated with men grooming, although that is not the case now.

It is highly important for both men and women to take care of their skin equally. Men need to take care of their skin not only to look good but to also feel good. Skincare is different for men and women, it is not advisable for men to use the same products that their wives or partners use. This is because everybody’s skin type differs, and men for that matter do not age as quickly as women.

On a daily basis, men too are exposed to a lot of pollutants and sun, with the harsh weather conditions in Dubai. Common skincare problems faced by men are;

  • Acne
  • Razor burns, sunburns
  • Breakouts
  • Acne and oily skin

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Things you need to know about Workout

A lot of times people work out with the idea of losing weight. While losing weight is the point, weight should be lost the healthy way. A lot of times people tend to combine various ideas and opinions, from what they know, what they hear and what they read online and follow a combination of practices that may not always be right. A few things to keep in mind while working out are;

  • Unless you are an individual who works out regularly, do not rush into things. Take gradual steps and engage in light work outs first.
  • Make sure you warm up before and after the work out session
  • Drink plenty of water during your work out session. If you are training specifically for a marathon or so, supplement those fluids with electrolyte water.
  • Understand that your focus should not solely be on the end result. Work hard and smart towards reaching the goal, irrespective of how long it may take.
  • Listen to your body and the signs it may depict. Rigorous work out may harm the body if your body is not used to it. If you feel lethargic or weak, ensure to stop
  • Work out as per the weather conditions also, do not exert yourself much particularly during summer months in the UAE by spending too much time outdoors
  • Wear the right kind of clothing and shoes
  • If you are a beginner it is best to get consulted from a specialist to understand your body type and weight and then focus on a customized work out regime that suits your body.
  • Consume a balanced and healthy diet at all times. If you are hungry before a work out, eat a small pre-work out snack to give you the energy. However do not eat immediately after exercising and do not wait for too long either.
  • Beware of common injuries caused as a result of working out rigorously and take the necessary steps in case of need.

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