Clench your fist for a second that is the size of an organ, which holds life as you know it. It empowers you to walk, jog, play sports, spend time with your loved ones. How do we treat it though? Do we give it the respect and control it commands or do we neglect it until it’s too late? Well, life isn’t always so polar, we have an opportunity to fix it, give it the care it requires. The pandemic has had various adverse effects on everyone. Ever climb up a flight of stairs and felt out of breath. Feeling out of breath after doing light tasks isn’t a sign to be ignored. Unfortunately, the pandemic has left a lot of people in such a predicament but taking care of your heart isn’t an issue that you can backseat. Cardiovascular disease or heart disease isn’t something to be ignored, it has to be acknowledged and corrective measures have to be taken by us.
India is one of the worst affected countries with almost 272 of 1,00,000 dying of heart disease which is higher than the global average of 235. The amount of death rates have been projected to rise from 2.26 million (1990) to 4.77 million (2020) with it ranging from 1.6 % to 7.4% in rural populations and from 1% to 13.2% in the urban populations. CVD isn’t something that can be taken lightly. It requires corrective measures which are to be maintained constantly with time commitments. However, it shouldn’t put you off as it is a chance to live a healthy, better, issues-free life.
The troubling fact is younger population isn’t safe from heart disease either and over the past two decades, more and more youth has fallen into the clutches of disease be it because of neglect, carelessness, mental health issues. It just proves no one is safe from CVD and everyone needs to be aware of it. Younger diabetics are also at a higher risk of heart disease and mortality.
Well, how do you lower your risk of heart disease? Fortunately, corrective measures will keep you on the good side with your heart. Controlling your blood pressure by making lifestyle changes- high blood pressure is a major cause of heart disease. Keeping your cholesterol and triglycerides in check- high levels of cholesterol can clog your arteries.
Now comes the key factor of exercising and watching your diet. Exercising and having good eating habits will keep the risk of CVD low as these reduce obesity and other related problems that come with it. Living a healthy lifestyle might seem tough but once you get in the routine of it, it will become natural for you.
A few things are unfortunately out of your control such as gender, family history, etc, but by keeping in check the factors in your hand, the risk will be kept at a minimum.
Stress also triggers bad eating habits, and other issues which affect your heart negatively, hence reaching out is beneficial for your mental and physical health.
Let’s celebrate world heart day by taking care of our hearts for ourselves and our loved ones