Simple Measures To Maintain A Healthy Heart

Posted On Jun 15, 2022

Dr. Pramod Bhanudas Narkhede

Consultant - Cardiology

Manipal Hospital - Kharadi - Pune

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During the Covid pandemic, there was a steep rise in heart diseases. Many incidences of cardiovascular accidents were reported in adults. One reason for this rise in heart diseases is the negligence towards physical and mental health. The rise was also attributed to the increasing adoption of faulty habits and lifestyles to control the stressors and having fewer medical screening checks. Heart diseases can be averted if we make some mindful choices and lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Connect with the best cardiologists in Kharadi, Pune at Manipal Hospitals, our cardiology department comprises experienced doctors who can guide you over healthy lifestyle habits that you must adopt to have a healthy heart. Dr Pramod Narkhede, consultant cardiologist, at Manipal Hospitals Kharadi emphasize the following health tips to make the heart healthy.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is a major risk for cardiovascular diseases. The risk of heart attack doubles in smokers. Smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood and raises blood pressure by causing damage to the blood vessel lining. Therefore one must quit smoking and adopt an active and healthy lifestyle.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

High alcohol intake causes high blood pressure, rhythm issues and weakening of heart muscle. Alcohol should be consumed in moderation else it can lead to heart ailments. 

Check What You Are Eating

Avoid purchasing packaged foods. Check the calories, salt, sugar, and saturated fats content in the food. Maintain a healthy diet and limit fats and calorie intake. Take more fibre-rich and protein-rich foods into your diet.

Curtail Sugar and Salt

Consume healthy foods and control your portions. Avoid foods that are high in salt, sugars, fat, and cholesterol. It is better to avoid the intake of processed meals, junk food and sugary drinks as they increase blood sugar levels.  

Eating a lot of salt contributes to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart problems. In addition to this avoid distractions like TV, newspaper, and mobile while eating.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise for 30 minutes a day and 5 times a week. It helps you to control blood sugars, fats and stress. You may also go for brisk walks, jog, do yoga, dance etc. Use stairs at every opportunity. 

Exercise and Household Work

Gymming is not the only way to burn calories. Household chores for instance cleaning, washing and mopping floors are some activities that are equivalent to a good workout.

Have Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential to keep your heart healthy. Proper sleep of around 6 to 8 hours helps the body to rest, restore and recover. Take some simple steps to cope with sleep issues to improve the quality of your sleep.

Stay Positive and Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Manage your stress to have a healthy heart. Stay well connected with your family and friends. Talking and sharing things with them, and spending time with your loved ones would help you escape the stress. Pursuing your hobbies also acts as a great stress-buster and charges your body and mind. These things also help in maintaining a positive look towards the proceedings of life.

Maintain Hygiene and Keep Your Home Environment Clean

Maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness. Keep your mouth covered with your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands properly before and after having a meal. Wear a mask when you go outside and maintain proper social distance. 

Know Your Numbers

Regularly check your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol for a healthy heart. Get in touch with a doctor if the number exceeds the normal limit, as any deviation in that could be a sign of heart disease in the future. 

All these simple and mindful choices can keep your heart healthy and heart problems at bay. You can book an appointment with the best cardiology hospital in Kharadi, Pune which can address all your concerns related to prevention tips for a healthy heart, treatment of heart diseases, and post-surgery care. 


Dr. Pramod Narkhede

Consultant - Interventional Cardiologist

Manipal Hospital, Kharadi, Pune  


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