The heart is the main component of the circulatory system of the body. It pumps blood throughout the body, working unceasingly like a clock ticking continuously. If it stops working, then an individual is clinically dead.
To achieve a healthy heart, one has to adhere to a healthy diet and regular exercise. Nutritionists have a list of foods that should be included in meals to prevent occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. Among the no-no’s are fatty foods and salty foods. Sweet foods should also be taken in moderation to avoid diabetes.
Fruits and vegetables should be included in the meal for a healthy heart. There are also certain meats that are on the list like those that are high in good cholesterol. Foods high in saturated fats are sources of bad cholesterol that cause blocking of arteries, or formation of plaques in the veins that impede the normal flow of blood. When a person has blocked arteries, this could lead to stroke and other problems which can be life threatening. In such cases, the patient should be taken immediately to the hospital for treatment.
People with abnormal blood pressures, especially adults, should always have their blood pressures monitored to prevent heart diseases. Along with regular monitoring, they should regularly visit the doctor to monitor their heart status, so as to give the proper medication to prevent further damage to the heart.
Laboratory examinations should also be administered to patients with heart disease, even to healthy individuals as a preventive measure. It includes angiogram, two-demensional echo (2-D Echo), stress test where the patient will do a treadmill exercise and his heart and pulse rate is being monitored by a physician. Health professionals said that care for the heart should start at an early age of 20, because even young individuals could have heart problems that could be genetic or inherited from parents, or it could be from lifestyle like improper nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, or lack of exercise and sleep.
Physical activities like walking, biking, dancing, and other cardiovascular exercises are needed to achieve a healthy heart, aside from proper nutrition. A person should devote some of his time to these activities, or if he has a busy schedule, he can walk in going to his office, or use the stairs instead of the elevator, or walk in malls, etc.
Having a happy disposition in life, avoiding negativity or getting away from negative situations can also prevent cardiovascular diseases. If a person is living in a stress-free environment, when he is happy and contented, and truly enjoys life, he can have a healthy heart.