How young Indians can prevent heart disease

Here's what you can do to prevent heart disease in your 30s or 40s.

The increase in heart disease in younger adults is due to smoking, stress(work and non-work related), unhealthy diet, lack of sufficient physical activity and excess consumption of salt and packaged food. The numbers are not going to decrease unless drastic steps are taken. To curb these issues, we need to first understand how to minimise these triggers. Dr Zakia Khan, Interventional Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan suggests few tips on how to prevent heart disease in young people.

1. Parents should help their child to maintain a healthy diet and motivate them to excise on a regular basis so that they can control high blood pressure issues since it is quite common among who are overweight. Here are 10 ways to keep your heart healthy.

2. They also need to help them maintain their salt intake. Excess salt can increase your blood pressure, which in turn can put you at risk of heart problems. So please check your salt intake.

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3. It is noted that the youth who smoke up to 10 cigarettes a day are likely to develop heart diseases by 50%. Warn them about the dangers of smoking and the effects nicotine has on the blood vessels, causing the blood vessels to narrow down and make it harder for the blood to flow through the vessels. Here are more reasons smoking is bad for you.

4. The problem is that we are leading a very sedentary lifestyle that doesn t allow us much physical activity. A major solution to this is drastic lifestyle modification that will help prevent premature heart attacks. Thrive on healthy food instead of relying on junk food, this is simple to adopt and very effective.

5. Today s youth is stressed out mentally as well as physically. Despite having a busy schedule, try and make time to organise, prioritise and balance your lifestyle. Take up either yoga or dance or any other form of exercise that is therapeutic and helps in keeping you physically and mentally healthy. Here are 10 feel-good movies that can help beat stress.

6. If after many efforts of controlling the diet and increasing the child s physical activity it still doesn t lower their blood pressure, a physician should be consulted to seek immediate intervention.

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