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Love Your Heart For A Healthy Life!

Heart Health is the key to a healthy life. We must make sure that our heart is healthy and is taken care of from early life to avoid any complications in the future. It is a muscular organ with four chambers two uppers and two lower. We all know the main function of the heart is to pump blood and supply it to all parts of the body. The body is made up of millions of cells. These cells depend on blood for their nourishment. Hence through blood, they get the essential nutrients.

What Makes Your Heart Weak?

The heart gets weak due to several reasons. It could be due to stress, some underlying medical conditions, medicines, aging, smoking, etc. However, some of our lifestyle practices are the main culprit of the weak heart. Either it’s the poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle that makes our heart inactive and weak. The heart is made up of muscles and exercise is good to keep our muscles strong. Talking about diet, if the diet has a lot of cholesterol, saturated and trans fat, it will lead to chronic heart problems. The sources of these unhealthy fats are the processed, junk, and fried foods. Also, a diet that is low in fruits and vegetables and high in meat is a risk factor for heart problems.

What Are The Signs Of A Weak Heart?

There are symptoms that help you to detect that your heart is not healthy and if not taken care of properly at the right time, it can lead to fatal complications. Signs and symptoms showing a weak heart are:

  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea) when there is exertion or when you lie down.
  • Fatigue/ weakness
  • Edema (fluid retention)
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Reduced ability to exercise
  • Persistent cough or wheezing
  • Lack of appetite and nausea
  • Chest pain

Who Is At A High Risk Of Having A Weak Heart?

People with the following diseases/disorders and practices are more vulnerable to having heart problems,

  • Persistent high blood pressure
  • Coronary artery diseases (narrowed blood vessels)
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Viral infections
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Obesity
  • Irregular heartbeats

What Can Be Done To Strengthen Your Heart?

In order to keep your heart healthy, it is important that you watch out for your diet and lifestyle. Heart conditions can occur at any age depending upon your diet and lifestyle.

Food must be consumed that is rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fats. There are 2 types of cholesterol in your body. Good and bad. HDL is good cholesterol while LDL is bad for the heart. Unsaturated fats such as seeds, nuts, coconut, fish, olive oil are good for the heart and raise HDL. While trans and saturated fat present in processed and Junk food raises LDL that chokes the heart and arteries. Therefore consume foods that give you unsaturated fats and not saturated ones. Eat more fruits and vegetables and lower the intake of meat.

Consume a Mediterranean diet

Apart from food, be physically active

Avoid smoking

Avoid stress

Have a proper sleep

Avoid unnecessary medications

Monitor your blood pressure

Foods To Eat

  1. Green leafy vegetables
  2. Whole grains
  3. Berries
  4. Avocados
  5. Fish
  6. Walnut
  7. Beans
  8. Dark chocolate
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Almonds
  11. Garlic
  12. Olive oil

Fun Facts

  • The average size of the heart is the size of an adult fist
  • Heartbeats about 1, 15000 times each day
  • The rhythm of the heart is controlled by an electrical system called the cardiac conduction system
  • Even when disconnected from the body heart is able to beat
  • The fairy fly or wasp has the smallest heart
  • Whales have the largest heart
  • The human heart weighs less than 1 pound and men heart is heavier than women
  • Women’s heartbeat slightly faster than a man’s heart
  • Laughing is good for the heart as it reduces stress and boosts the immune system
  • Most heart attacks occur on Mondays

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-failure/symptoms-causes/syc-20373142

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/heart-healthy-foods#TOC_TITLE_HDR_15

https://www.healthline.com/health/fun-facts-about-the-heart

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