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How To Take Better Care Of Your Heart

April 30, 2023

This post explores steps to take care of your heart practically and effectively.

Did you know about 1.4 million people in the UK have survived a heart attack?

lady caring for her self - also includes care of the heart

Although this is encouraging, it doesn’t change the fact that more people are admitted yearly for heart-related issues.

Several medical reports indicate that lifestyle changes and a good diet can significantly reduce risks.

That is good news if you want to care for your heart better. Below are three different ways to improve your heart health. 

care for the heart includes caring for the heart muscle with regular exercise

Exercise regularly

Did you know that the cardiac muscle is one of the three types of muscles in the body?

The thick muscle of this pumping organ is located within your chest. Unfortunately, many people lack the required daily exercise, compromising heart health.

The heart is a muscle, and that’s the first thing you must know about this critical organ.

Muscles need regular exercise to avoid atrophy (shrinking) and fat buildup. Simple activities like walking and moving about are good exercises for the body.

In the same way, your heart needs physical activity to improve blood flow to the rest of the body.

After a workout, you will have better flow through small blood vessels where fatty deposits tend to accumulate. 

Moreover, daily stresses can take a toll on your heart, but regular exercise can help. 

selection of healthy food options beside a blood pressure machine reflects the important role of diet in heart care

Follow a heart-healthy diet

What foods are good for the heart?

Fortunately, there is a long list of them, and they are easily accessible.

A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and lean protein is healthy for your heart. It can limit cholesterol levels around the heart and reduce your risk of cardiac problems in the future.

The tip is to stick to these healthy diets in the long term. It would also help to limit your intake of processed foods, saturated fats, and added sugars. These are things usually contained in junk foods.

Therefore, your heart health might be compromised if you habitually consume them regularly. Admittedly, it can be challenging to switch to a new diet overnight.

That is why it helps to start gradually until you get used to the idea and taste of a new diet. For better heart health, you can also follow diet plans by experts like Dr. Zachary Solomon.

Young man doing push-ups to promote heart care

Rethink some lifestyle habits

Smoking is one of the leading causes of plaque buildup in the arteries.

That happens in the lining of the arteries and in no time narrows the internal space, consequently reducing blood flow to the heart.

It explains why smokers have a higher risk of cardiac arrest.

Additionally, excessive alcohol intake may put you at risk of heart-related diseases.

Too much alcohol negatively affects the cardiovascular system by increasing the heart rate and blood pressure.

However, you can have a chance to improve your heart health when you rethink these lifestyle habits. You will most often need specialised help or therapy to stop these habits that compromise your heart health.

A total lifestyle change will improve your heart and give you a chance to have an improved quality of life. Heart disease treatment is expensive, so it’s better to avoid that cost by adopting a better lifestyle.

If you want to keep your heart healthy and strong, this guide provides you with everything you need to know about taking care of your heart. Got any more questions? Contact us here.

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