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It is usually to be physically active for a healthy heart. How much of physical activity is required towards the end?

There is no fixed period applicable to all. Necessary period of physical activity varies from person to person and the same should be decided in consultation with you doctor. However, studies have shown that a maximum physical activities like walking, jogging, swimming for about 30 to 45 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease. But, it is a mandatory to consult your doctor before starting any exercise regimen, as the period of physical activity has to be decided based on the current physical health of a person.

Is smoking responsible for heart disease?

Smoking is one of the primary causes of heart disease. Smokers are at a greater risk (2 to 3 times) of heart disease compared to non-smokers. Even passive smokers (non-smokers exposed to smoke released by smokers) are at an increased risk of heart disease.

How does alcoholic consumption affect the heart?

Drinking alcohol does impact the health of heart. If you are not into alcohol consumption, do not start now. If you must drink, drink in moderate (average of one or two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women). Drinking above moderation may lead to multifarious problems like high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, cancer, suicidal tendency, accidents, etc... Consult your doctor on the benefits and risks of consuming alcohol in moderation.

Does Obesity lead to heart disease?

Studies have shown that people with excess weight are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, as excess weight makes your heart to work more and increases blood pressure.. Click here to check your ideal weight (table of height, weight & BMI)

Are diabetics more prone to heart disease?

Yes, diabetics have greater chance of getting heart disease compared to non-diabetics. Studies have shown that 60 to 65% of diabetics die of some kind of heart disease

How does one control high blood pressure or hypertension?

First, you should take your daily dose of medicine prescribed by your doctor. Other measures could include reduction in salt intake, increasing physical activity as prescribed by doctor, ensuring balanced diet, leading stress free life, etc..

What foods I should take to prevent heart disease?

You should take balanced low calorie, nutrient-rich diet.
Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but lower in calories. To get the nutrients you need to choose foods like vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products most often.

  • Vegetables and fruits are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber-- and they're low in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure.
  • Unrefined whole-grain foods contain fiber that can help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full, which may help you manage your weight.
  • Eat fish at least twice a week. Recent research shows that eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease.
  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
  • Select low -fat dairy products.
  • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
  • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol.
  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars
  • Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. Aim to eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

Is heart disease gender specific?

There is no fixed period applicable to all. Necessary period of physical activity varies from person to person and the same should be decided in consultation with you doctor. However, studies have shown that a maximum physical activities like walking, jogging, swimming for about 30 to 45 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease. But, it is a mandatory to consult your doctor before starting any exercise regimen, as the period of physical activity has to be decided based on the current physical health of a person.

Is heart disease hereditary?

There is no fixed period applicable to all. Necessary period of physical activity varies from person to person and the same should be decided in consultation with you doctor. However, studies have shown that a maximum physical activities like walking, jogging, swimming for about 30 to 45 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease. But, it is a mandatory to consult your doctor before starting any exercise regimen, as the period of physical activity has to be decided based on the current physical health of a person.

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