Edition: Vijaywada | Date : March 23, 2021
India has witnessed a sharp rise in heart diseases in the past 25 years. In India, the occurrence of heart diseases before the age of 70 is more than twice in the western world.
According to Dr N Anil Kumar, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Vijayawada, the main reason behind this phenomenon can be explained by the increased prevalence of coronary risk factors such as elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol.
He adds that even people with ideal cholesterol levels might be at risk of heart diseases. The best way of managing the risk factors is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Regular exercise is key to having a strong, healthy heart. According to the American Heart Association, exercising 30 minutes a day five days a week will significantly improve heart health.
Lifestyle habits such as maintaining healthy body weight, regular monitoring of blood sugar and blood pressure and taking medicines as per doctors’ advice will also reduce cardiovascular risks.
According to D Ratna Sarojini, dietician, we should all pay attention to eating healthy, nutritious, home-cooked food. We should choose a diet which has low saturated fat and sugar.