Heart diseases are the leading cause of death among men and women around the world The heart is the most vital organ in the body and taking care of it should be first on everyone's priority list Studies have revealed that every year, more than eight lakh people experience their first heart attack, leading to other serious heart diseases:
The World Heart Federation (WHF), founded in 1998, is a Swiss-based NGO whose Key mission is the fight against heart diseases and strokes, with a major focus on middle and lower income countries, by spreading awareness amongst people.
With statistics pointing to a very high number of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases and other heart ailments, WHF is a ray of hope It shares with people information on the health and diseases of the heart and promotes smoking and alcohol-free living. healthy diets, physical exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Its members educate and motivate healthcare professionals, medical organizations, NG0s, ministries, patients and healthy individuals to participate in the campaign against heart diseases and strokes and ensure that we all live a healthy and disease-free life
Healthy heart: With heart diseases being the key to early deaths around the world, it is important for all of us to know the reasons why they occur and at the same time be aware of certain measures that we all can take as individuals to minimize our risk. The growth and development of medical science and modern medicine can course help to bring heart diseases under control to a certain extent, but a few measures can make a huge difference against these conditions.
Say no to smoking: One in every five deaths in the world is due to smoking-induced diseases, including heart diseases. The deadly chemicals present in tobacco considerably damage blood cells and weaken the normal functioning of the heart and blood vessels. Encourage yourself and others to quit smoking
Watch out against obesity: Obesity or being overweight increases the chances of damage to the heart in the form of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other ailments. Check your Body Mass Index (BMI) regularly and maintain a healthy weight to lessen the load on your heart_ It is advised to eat healthy and low-calorie diets in combination with some cardio exercises to avoid becoming overweight
Healthy eating habits: Junk and easy foods are the in-thing today and the major reason for heart-related problems. Adopting fiber-rich diets in the form of whole grains and pulses, fruits, vegetables, oats, etc., reduces the risk of heart problems. Fruits and green vegetables are rich sources of vitamins, fibers, and minerals that are good for the heart Avoid foods rich in fats. Excessive salt and sugar intake increase the chances of high blood pressure and diabetes
Physical activity: Regular exercise, walking, jogging and swimming increase muscular strength and reduce the chances of high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels in the blood. Make exercise a daily habit and follow it religiously to live a healthy life. Avoid alcohol: Alcohol is high in calories and regularly consuming it over a long period increases the chances of high blood pressure, thus causing heart diseases_ Alcohol makes your heart muscles weak, thus increasing the chances of heart failure.
Heart checks: To ensure that your heart is working fit and fine get it checked periodically. ECG and Echo tests help you know the condition of your heart and help you to take preventive measures if needed to avoid a crisis.
The World Heart Day is an effective and established way to make the world realize about the importance of a healthy heart and encourages everyone to lead a disease-free life_ It educates people on the effects of overeating_ unhealthy lifestyle, lack of exercise, etc., that cause numerous heart problems and the means to how you could do well by your heart. It is an objective of the World Health Organisation WHO to reduce the mortality rate caused by non-communicable diseases by 2025 by reducing premature deaths across the globe caused due to cardiovascular diseases
(The writer is a dietician and founder Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt Ltd).