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What are the ways to prevent heart disease?

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Published At May 23, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor.

I am a 37-year-old male and am concerned about my health because my grandfather had heart disease. What are the chances that I might get the same issues? Is there any exercise to be followed to keep my heart strong and stay fit? How to stay physically active and healthy? What are the lifestyle changes that prevent heart disorders? Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

It is essential to be proactive in maintaining a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of heart disease.

1. Chances of developing heart issues: Genetics play a role, but it is not definitive. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can significantly lower your risk. Consult with a healthcare professional to assess your personal risk factors.

2. Exercises to keep your heart strong: Aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling for at least 150 minutes per week can help maintain heart health. Additionally, strength training exercises for major muscle groups can be beneficial.

3. Staying physically active and healthy: Incorporate daily activities like taking the stairs instead of elevators, walking or cycling to nearby places, and engaging in leisure activities that involve movement.

4. Ways for a perfect lifestyle to prevent heart disorders:

a. Balanced diet: Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit processed foods, added sugars, and saturated fats.

b. Maintain a healthy weight: Consult a healthcare professional to determine your ideal weight and create a plan to achieve it.

c. Quit smoking: If you smoke, seek support to quit, as smoking greatly increases the risk of heart disease.

d. Limit alcohol consumption: Moderate alcohol intake, if you choose to drink, as excessive alcohol can harm your heart health.

e. Manage stress: Practice stress-reducing techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.

f. Get enough sleep: Aim for seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night.

g. Regular medical check-ups: Monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar regularly to detect any potential issues early.

Staying informed, proactive, and committed to a healthy lifestyle will significantly benefit your heart health and overall well-being.

I hope I have answered your question.

Let me know if I can assist you further.


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Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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