Keep your heart healthy and happy
Heart disease is rising in younger generation with a significant risk in both males and females. The most common heart issues ailing at the young generation is suffering from coronary artery disease. Another severe condition is characterized by enlarged cardiac muscle cells which are abnormal and associated with further problems, including heart failure, irregular heart rhythms , and an increased risk of angina and heart attack.
Throwing light on the possible causes behind this sudden increase in heart attacks among youths, Dr Neeraj Bhalla, Senior Consultant and Director, Cardiology, BLK Super Specialty Hospital, says that biggest cause of young heart diseases is willful ignorance towards proper healthy lifestyle, leading to the risk of uninvited heart attacks.
Lifestyle issues such as smoking and substance abuse, alcohol abuse, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle, and poor dietary choices such as a high percentage of fatty and fried or fast foods are the leading cause of the innumerable disorders.
These ultimately lead to premature or early heart attacks or severe heart disease in both men and women
Providing certain tips to maintain a healthy heart, Neeraj Bhalla further says, "one should avoid tobacco, alcohol and keep an eye on BMI.
Regular exercise should be in your routine for about 30 minutes on most days of the week and it should be supplemented with healthy food intake, quality of sleep and stress management. One needs to get regular health screenings (Blood pressure, Cholesterol level, Debates screening) also."
Understanding the seriousness of the issue, Manmeet Manchanda Fitness Trainer, Anytime Fitness, has also provided some point that needs to be taken into consideration so as to minimize the risk of heart attacks.
To get the maximum heart health benefit from any aerobic exercise, aim to reach between 50 and 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. Climbing stairs is an easy way to get into that target range, whether you do it at home or at the gym on a stair machine. To find your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220.
Avoid too many isometric exercises such as pushups and situps. Isometric
exercises involve straining muscles against other muscles or an immovable object.
Pace yourself. Don't do too much, too soon. Give your body time to rest between workouts.
Don't exercise outdoors when it is too cold, hot, or humid. High humidity may make you tired more quickly. Extreme temperatures can interfere with circulation, make breathing difficult, and cause chest pain.
Don't exercise in hilly areas. If you must walk in steep areas, slow down going uphill to avoid working too hard. Monitor your heart rate closely, and talk to your doctor about what a safe heart rate is for you.
Stop an exercise if you get too tired or short of breath. Tell your doctor about it, or schedule an appointment.