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Monday, 30 November 2015

How to Ensure a Healthy Heart – Check the Vital Numbers & Signs

You will be better advised if you focus the part of your brain that is dedicated to your mobile telephone and social media or even to your stomach, more to your heart and all that it is saying. There are vital signs that you must begin to look out for if you must have your heart stay in rhythm and in tip-top condition. You must begin to pay adequate attention to the numbers as it were, and endeavour always to aim at keeping them ‘low’. Your diet is also important in controlling these numbers for the sake of your good heart

A healthy heart has good numbers

For example, in May of 2011 a series of studies in the US were carried out and, result showed that high concentrations of oxygen radicals in the body (oxidative stress) were linked to the exacerbation of atherosclerosis and hence the onset of cardiovascular disease. At the same time according to the report, observation studies also consistently indicated that antioxidants micronutrients in the diet could have a protective effect in the context of cardiovascular disease.

Your blood pressure is a sure key sign; it should be below 125, and over 75. This is the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of your blood vessels; when there is stress put on the heart in this process, your blood pressure becomes raised as a result. Your Cardiologist will let you know that "adult blood pressure is considered normal at 120/80, where the first number is the systolic pressure and the second is the diastolic pressure."

Also, your LDL cholesterol or (blood) fat should be put at under 100: If your blood cholesterol is unnecessarily higher than is normal, it readily bugs down on the functioning of your heart. This is so because too much amount of (bad) fat in your blood will automatically put stress on the heart thereby raising blood pressure also, and because plaque would have accumulated on your arterial walls. Thus the high levels of this substance predispose you to an increased risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis.

Plant foods (antioxidants) are heart friendly
You know that when you have done some form of physical activity such as simple walking, etc, it is not the right time to take your pulse rate or heart rate; otherwise a false reading will be taken. That is why they (clinic) will normally allow you to have a rest before taking your reading. And so, at rest your normal reading can be taken, and your resting heart rate should normally be at below 70. This measurement which is also known as your pulse rate shows the rate at which your heart beats and it is taken to ascertain or obtain a quick evaluation of your health. This you can easily do yourself by locating an artery and using a clock to measure how many times it beats in a minute.

The next vital sign to keep watch over is your fasting blood sugar which measures your blood glucose levels after a period of fasting. This should be as normal as below 100. This of course refers to the amount of glucose in your blood stream which you must guard against its getting raised; this is because if it is allowed to get out of normal counts, you are becoming exposed to the risk of diabetes. On the other hand, if your blood sugar level becomes abnormally low it is also a problem; this may be due to excessive insulin in your system or a poor dietary pattern which you are keeping. At this point you may be risking what is referred to as hypoglycaemia.

Green tea is a friend to your heart
And as Hippocrates (circa 460-377 BC) once said – “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food”, you will begin to understand the import of what we are talking about: Simply put – if your numbers are not correlating with what is normal, you are better advised to quickly change you dietary lifestyle. Continue on this path until you begin to see visible changes in your system. Your heart will definitely rejoice; remember what they say about a merry heart?

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