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How to keep your heart healthy

The risk of heart disease increases can be prevented by following these steps.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 29, 2011 00:20 IST

The risk of heart disease increases can be prevented by following these steps.

1 Don’t Smoke: The risk of heart disease increases drastically with the number of cigarettes smoked. The more cigarettes you smoke per day, the greater the chances you develop for major health problems.

2 Cure in laughter: Laughter is therapeutic and reduces the production of stress hormones, cortisol and catecholamine. Low stress levels means a healthier heart.

3 Take Vitamins: Vitamins are an essential part to maintain a healthy heart and it contribute to the well-being of the cardiovascular system. Vitamins B6 and B12 help prevent clogged arteries.

4 Control Weight: Obesity can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, all of which heighten the risk of cardiovascular disease. So keep a check on your weight. Eat healthy.

5 Sleep Well: Eight hours of sleep is must for a healthy heart. Lack of sleep is linked to increased risk of developing heart disease. People who sleep too much, also have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

(HTC, with inputs from Dr Balbir Singh, Chairman, Medanta, The Medicity Hospital)