Heart Health

11 lifestyle tips to maintain a healthy heart

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May 25th, 2021
3 mins read
11 tips to keep heart disease at bay

Is your heart healthy? Can you run up the stairs without panting? What can you do to keep your heart happy and healthy? If you’re seeking answers to these questions, read on to know more.

Genetics and heart disease

Genetics can play a big role in causing your heart condition, which means, if heart disease exists in your family, then you run a higher risk of developing one. You can inherit conditions such as heart disease, high BP and other heart related issues. These combined with damaging lifestyle choices can lead to serious heart problems.  

 Easy ways to check your heart health at home 

  1. Check your heart rate with a fingertip pulse oximeter: Your resting heart rate should be between 60 – 100 beats per minute (bpm), and when exercising it can go up to 130 – 150 bpm or higher. 
  2. Stairs test: Give yourself a quick heart check up by climbing four flights of stairs, and if you can do this within 60 to 90 seconds it indicates good heart health. 
  3. Aerobic exercise: If you are easily out of breath or feel lightheaded with a small amount of aerobic exercise, this is a sign that the heart is not able to pump oxygen adequately. 

Additional Read: Heart test types to keep in mind

check heart health at home

How often should you have a heart check-up?

Consult your doctor for screening for heart diseases after the age of 20, especially if heart disease runs in your family. You can also have your BP checked once every couple of months and if this is 120/80mm Hg or slightly lower, which is normal, you can have a heart health checkup done once every two years. You can also check your cholesterol levels every 4 to 6 years. 

Additional Read: List of foods that should be part of your heart healthy diet

11 lifestyle tips to maintain and improve your heart health 

  1. Reduce salt intake
  2. Consume less sugar
  3. Limit saturated fat
  4. Load up on fruits and veggies
  5. Get Omega-3 fats
  6. Control your meal portion size
  7. Eat whole grains
  8. Kick the habit of smoking
  9. Reduce alcohol intake
  10. Get in some exercise
  11. Avoid stress

Keep these tips in mind for a healthy heart and address your heart health using the handy Bajaj Finserv Health App

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