01/4 Heart attack and lifestyle choices
Heart disease symptoms can often be silent or could be mistaken for something else. Therefore, apart from regular checkups, it is important to mind your lifestyle choices – especially your diet and fitness.
Heart attack usually occurs when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the heart. This requires immediate medical attention since the more time that passes without treatment, the greater the damage to the heart muscle.
02/4 How diet and exercise impacts your heart
If your diet is rich in junk foods which contain high amounts of sugar, salt, refined carbs, saturated fat, then this diet, however delicious, will lead to build-up of plaque of fat and cholesterol due to which blood clots can form. This can lead to a heart attack. Therefore, it is important to focus on the health factors of the foods you eat. The right diet will reduce your risk for heart diseases.
Apart from monitoring your diet, it is essential to exercise regularly. Exercise will make your heart pump more blood with each heartbeat. When this happens, it will deliver more oxygen to your body and enhance your body’s functions.
03/4 Choose the right diet
A healthy diet is rich in nutrients, protein, and fibre. Fats and carbohydrates are also crucial for a healthy heart and healthy body, however, you should be aware of what kinds and quantities you are consuming.
When you use fats for cooking, opt for healthy fats such as olive oil or canola oil. Healthy fats such as polyunsaturated fats are found in nuts and omega-3 fats are found in fish. Trans fat, which are mostly found in processed and packaged foods, are a big no.
For carbs, opt for whole-grain rotis, breads or pastas, instead of those made from white flour. It is important to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. To make things interesting, you can experiment with different salads recipes to bring a healthy and delicious twist to your diet.
Do not forget protein in your diet. You can get it from fish, lean meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and beans. The nutrients in these forms of protein can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, improving your heart health.
For those who drink alcohol, it is advised to avoid drinking alcohol or the least you can do is limit or intake and frequency of alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol can increase your blood pressure and can lead to heart failure or stroke.