How to limit the risk of heart failure?
Heart failure is the most common heart problem. Statistically, approximately 4.6 million adults in India suffer from heart failure. It is developed when the heart doesn’t pump enough blood for the body’s needs. Sometimes the heart becomes too weak to pump the required blood, this too can result in heart failure.
Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped, However, it means the heart is not working as it should. Some of the causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart valve disease, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, diabetes, and some diabetes medications.
The symptoms may vary depending on the stage of heart failure. Some of the common symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, swelling in legs, ankles, and feet, irregular heartbeat, wheezing, and swelling in the belly area.
With the rise in heart failure cases, it is important to discuss how to limit the risk of heart failure.
To understand the tips to reduce the risk of heart failure, it is important to know the risk factors that lead to heart failure.
Long-term health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, sleep apnea, anemia, thyroid disease, and iron overload can elevate your risk of heart failure. Some other serious conditions such as lung disease, HIV, blood vessel problems may increase your risks. Getting infected with the coronavirus too has been found to be a risk factor for heart failure.
Limit the risk of heart failure by using the following tips:
- Use saturated fats and avoid unsaturated fats
- Avoid foods high in sodium
- Avoid added sugars
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains
- Keep cholesterol in check
- Maintain your blood pressure
- Regular exercise
- Reduce stress