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Keep your heart healthy

Stress and lack of activity can be unhealthy can take toll on heart. Here're give tips to keep your heart healthy...

health and fitness Updated: Feb 22, 2011 00:56 IST

Stress and lack of activity can be unhealthy can take toll on heart. Here're give tips to keep your heart healthy...

1 Always be calm: It is important to manage your stress levels to keep your heart healthy. Practice yoga or meditation or take a vacation to fight stress!

2 Get active: Aim for a 30-minutes’ workout everyday. It not only keeps the heart fit but also improves mental health.

3 Quit smoking: The moment you stop smoking, the risk of a heart attack reduces by 50%.

4 Balance your salt: Too much salt causes high blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing heart diseases. Have a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

5 Monitor your alcohol: Excess of alcohol damages heart muscles, increases blood pressure and leads to obesity. Avoid intake of alcohol or at least gradually reduce the consumption.

HTC (With inputs by Dr Anil Dhall, interventional Cardiology, Artemis Health institute, Gurgaon)