HEALTH - For a healthy heart
Heart disease is no longer an elderly persons problem. Cardiac problems often strike women much before the typical menopausal age of 45. Women do not always have the classic symptoms like chest pain. THey are more likely to have symptoms of acidity like heart burn or nausea which are often ignored.
When a woman of 35 complains of chest pain the doctor may not suspect any herat problem and go for a complete investigation unlike in the case of a male patient.

The ECG may show errors because of the breast tissues. A strong family history of heart diseases and high cholesterol are a dangerous combination that spells trouble for women. From a younger age itself women should have a balanced diet with lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
For a healthy heart....
  • Keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control
  • Keep body-mass index under 25
  • Do not take vitamin supplements without consulting a doctor
  • Include fruits, vegetables, whole grain and high-fibre foods and fish in your diet. The intake of salt and fat should be minimal.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes on all days. If you need to lose weight increase the time to 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Do not ignore the warning signs even if you are in your 20s or 30s.
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