February – Heart Health Month

February 8, 2016

February is the month of love and romance. But did you know that February is also the month designated for Heart health?

 

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease and strokes. One of the problems with having high blood pressure is that in a lot of cases there are no visible symptoms, so lots of people are not aware they have elevated blood pressure levels. It is a good idea to have regular blood pressure checks, especially when there is a history of heart disease or strokes in the family.

 

Some of the major symptoms of a heart attack are -:

 

1.   Shortness of breath (feeling breathless)

 

2.   Pain or discomfort in the jaw and neck

 

3.   Pain in the chest or shoulders                                             

 

4.   Feeling faint or dizzy

 

Some ways to keep high blood pressure down are -:

 

1.   Reduce your salt and sugar intake – High levels of sodium lead to increased blood pressure and high levels of sugar can lead to complications with diabetes.

 

2.   Get enough sleep – 6 to 8 hours should be enough to give you a good night’s rest, help to reduce stress levels and recharge both mind and body.

 

3.  Regular exercise – Spend at least 30 minutes of every day doing some form of exercise. It does not need to be high impact or strenuous. Walking is an excellent activity which increases stamina and gives the body and heart a good workout as well.  

                                                                                               

 4.  Eat heart-healthy foods – Foods high in fibre such as oats and brown rice are good for heart health. Also foods high in Omega-3 oils help the body control high cholesterol levels. Salmon is rich in Omega-3 oils. Other heart healthy foods are spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, black beans, raw almonds and orange fruits.

 

5. Massage therapy is excellent for reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Regular sessions will help control high blood pressure levels.

 

6.  Spend quality time with friends and family. Time spent with loved ones promotes a state of well-being and happiness and also plays a part in reducing stress and bringing down blood pressure levels.

 

Apply these tips to your life and keep your heart going strong!

 

 

 

 

Do you know any other other ways to keep your heart healthy? Please share in the comments below!

 

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