Healthy Heart

Small changes make big differences

  • Small changes make big differences

This World Heart Day, let’s pledge for a healthy heart and healthy life. Park Group of Hospitals brings you some quick tips to make your heart even more strong. The best way is to Move your Heart and get on your feet and step out. We all know, a little workout or exercise routine is good for health and gives us healthy heart. Here are some quick tips to keep you healthy and fit.

Running – a 30 minute routine of running can do wonders to you and your fitness. It not only helps you maintain your weight but also brings charm to your personality.

  • Helps reduce weight
  • Improved cardiovascular and respiratory health
  • Reduced total blood cholesterol

Walking – half an hour of brisk walk boosts your metabolism and maintains a healthy weight. Get to the field and get walking!

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Maintains blood pressure

Jogging – a 20 minute of jogging session improves the blood circulation and maintains your blood pressure.

  • Improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Burn plenty of kilojoules
  • Help maintain a healthy weight

Swimming – Get to the waters and swim for at least 45 minutes lowers your body stress, builds stamina and strengthens your body muscle.

  • Keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
  • Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Helps maintain a healthy heart and lungs

Skipping – 200 skips daily tones your upper and lower body and gives you leaner and fitter look. A toned body with strong muscles improves health and bone density.

  • Improves Heart Rate
  • Tones Muscles in Lower and Upper Body
  • Keeps a Check on Osteoporosis by Improving Bone Density

Cycling – Cycling to your work or school is a natural treatment for your diabetes improving the cardiovascular functionality.

  • Improved Cardiovascular Function
  • Diabetes Treatment
  • Lower Cancer Risk

Heart diseases – a widespread epidemic in India

“Healthy heart has been a major concern for India as a nation. According to reports (September 2016) by www.healthsite.com and www.heart.org, it is estimated that 17.5 million people die each year in India from cardiovascular diseases, amounting to a staggering 31% of all deaths worldwide. 80% of all cardiovascular deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, 74% of urban Indians are at risk of cardiovascular diseases. There are around 40 million heart patients in India of which 19 million reside in urban areas and 21 million belong to rural India. This suggests that heart diseases are fast becoming an epidemic in India and a structured solution is needed to combat this issue.”

Heart diseases can be classified into 5 major types:

  • Coronary artery heart disease affects the arteries to the heart
  • Valvular heart disease affects the functioning of valves which regulate the blood flow in and out of the heart
  • Cardiomyopathy affects the heart muscle squeezes
  • Heart rhythm disturbances (Arrhythmias) affects the electrical conduction of the heart
  • Heart infections are the situations where the heart develops structural problems before birth

Coronary heart disease is a situation when the cholesterol plaque builds up inside the coronary artery walls. Gradually, this plaque blocks the artery reducing the blood flow through it. Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle and coronary artery disease occurs when there is a buildup of cholesterol plaque inside the artery walls. Over time, this buildup of plaque may partially block the artery and decrease blood flow through it. A heart attack occurs when a plaque ruptures and forms a clot in the artery causing a complete blockage. That part of the heart muscle that is denied blood supply starts to die.
Classic signs and symptoms of coronary heart disease may include:

  • Chest pain (angina) – This pain may radiate or move to the arm, neck or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Irregular heartbeat

Not all people with coronary artery disease have chest pain as a symptom. Some may have signs and symptoms of indigestion, or exercise intolerance where they cannot perform activities that they normally once could. Coronary heart disease is initially diagnosed by patient history and physical examination. ECG blood tests, and tests to image the arteries and heart muscle confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for coronary heart disease depends upon its severity. Many times lifestyle changes such as eating a heart healthy diet, regular exercise, no smoke along with a regular check on high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes may limit the artery narrowing.