Can Checking Your Blood Pressure Reduce Heart Risk?
Working for 9+ hours every day or glued to your smartphone through the day, be it for work, study or scrolling for hours to find that rib-tickling meme could be taking a toll on your health. You might have not given it much thought, but your heart works round the clock to keep you going throughout the day. And with the focus shifted to immunity, a healthy body and mind for combating the spread of coronavirus, it becomes much more important to give your heart more attention.
While you would know how people with heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are at an increased risk of severe Covid-19 illness, staying ahead with overall wellness can help combat the spread. If you are over 20, it’s important to keep a track of blood pressure and cholesterol levels as it could lead to heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Before a stroke our body sends signals, that calls out for immediate action and it includes:
- Chest pain or pressure, especially during physical exertion
- Facial drooping on one side of the face
- Numbness or arm weakness on one side of the body
- Changes in speech causing slurred speech
- Loss of vision
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath especially at night accompanied by:
- Leg swelling
The moment you or someone close to you experience these symptoms, know that it’s time for immediate medical attention.
Often high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are a sign of approaching heart diseases. However, there are a few steps that’ll keep your heart health in check and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases:
Get Regular Checkups: It’s essential to get a complete health checkup once a year to keep a check on health conditions and combat the risk of heart disease.
Keep a Tab on Blood Pressure and Cholesterol: While having regular medical check-ups for cholesterol and blood pressure is essential to track your overall wellness, you can also use a blood pressure monitor at home. It helps to be in control of your health as and when you experience high or low blood pressure symptoms including headaches, dizziness and racing heartbeat.
Take Your Medications with Care: Sodium present in some prescriptions and OTC medicines can increase your blood pressure. Make sure to consult your medical professional or pharmacist before consuming any medicine. Also, if you are already taking medicines for blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes, be sure to take them as directed by your medical professional and consult immediately if experiencing any side effects.
Include 30 Minutes of Physical Exercise: If you stay glued to your laptop or smartphone for long hours, it’s time to skip your sedentary lifestyle with at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity. Opt for brisk walking, cycling, swimming, yoga or dance, as per your schedule. It will help manage weight, reduce high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Food Portions + Hydration is a Must: For a healthy heart, a nutritious diet is essential. Make sure you include fruits and vegetables in your meals; limiting the intake of salt and sugar. It is also recommended to use grilling, steaming and sautéing for cooking instead of frying. Plenty of fluids for hydration plus a fibre-rich diet have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes as well as lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol,and a healthy weight. Include at least 25gms of fibre, be it from whole grains like oats, brown pasta and rice, quinoa and whole-wheat bread or beans and vegetables for a healthy heart.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-09-24