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Healthy Habits that will Lower the Risk of Heart Disease

There are different types of heart diseases and each has its symptoms and warning signs. It is important to take proper care of the heart so you can lower the risk of heart diseases. The heart is a muscle and you should treat it like one. Exercising is an excellent way of improving the health of the heart and making it stronger. You do not need to indulge in any hard and difficult exercises to keep the heart healthy. There are plenty of moderate exercises and healthy habits that can improve the flexibility and strength of the heart.

Here a few exercises and activities that will help in keeping the heart in the best condition.

Maintaining a good diet:

Diet plays an important role in keeping the heart healthy. Fats are an important part of the diet but it is essential to be careful about the type of fat that you are consuming. To keep a healthy heart you should stay away from trans fats. Saturated, polyunsaturated fats and unsaturated fats should be a part of your diet. The trans fats increase the risk of a stroke and heart disease as these fats can block the arteries and increase the cholesterol levels. If you keep the cholesterol level in check you will be able to improve the blood flow which will keep the heart healthy and strong. Including fibers in the diet is also important for the health of the heart.

Keep a healthy diet and you will be able to keep the weight in check. A balanced diet will keep you from becoming overweight. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease.

Practicing good dental hygiene:

Dental hygiene is essential for leading a healthy life and it plays a significant role in keeping the heart healthy. People who develop gum disease often end up facing the risk factors for the heart disease. Everything you eat first goes into the mouth before it goes into the stomach. If there is any infection in the gums then it can get into the bloodstream which can increase the C-reactive protein. It will keep the inflammation of the blood vessels. Make sure you floss regularly along with brushing and it will keep the gum disease away.

Indulging in physical activity:

If you want to keep the heart healthy then you should avoid sitting for long hours. Make sure that you include physical activity in your daily routine. You do not have to do intense exercise because simple and easy physical activities such as running, walking, cycling, etc. will keep the heart healthy and make it strong. Before formulating the exercise plan, you should talk to your doctor so that you invest your time in physical activities that are suitable for your age and fitness level. Simple activities like taking stairs instead of the elevator and parking a little further can also help with keeping the heart active.

Getting good sleep:

Sleep is important for living a peaceful and healthy life. Sleep is also good for the heart as lack of it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Make sure that you are getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night.  

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