With an ever-increasing number of young Indians who suffer from heart diseases, a drastic change in lifestyle and eating habits is the need of the hour for tackling the alarming situation with a special focus on youth. As per a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, cardiovascular diseases would be the largest cause of death and disability in India by 2020.
According to experts, many young professionals today have odd working hours leading to stress, and many of them lack the privilege of savoring home-cooked meals. Furthermore, indulgence in smoking and drinking to reduce the stress is worsening the situation. (Infographic with facts below)
Following are listed some risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke:
- Physical inactivity/Obesity
- Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables
- Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels
Safeguard Your Heart
Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn’t mean people have to accept it as their fate. Although people lack the power to change some risk factors — like family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps that they can take to reduce the risk.
Following are listed some ways in which you can protect your heart against risks:
- Quit Smoking
- Exercise for 30 Minutes on most day
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get regular health screenings
- Regular blood donation to reduce heart attack risk.
Efforts must be made to stop leading an unhealthy lifestyle that may lead to a cardiovascular disease later. The education and guidance should begin at an early stage.