By Dr. Bharat B. Kukreti , Cardiology
Even though you may not want to admit it, it is a fact that once you pass the age of 60, your risk of cardiovascular diseases significantly increases. Moreover, it is also a fact that one in three deaths from cardiovascular deaths are preventable. This incredible statistic proves just how important it is to lead a life where you are keeping the health of your heart in mind.
Here are ten tips to keep your heart healthy after 60:
1. Quit Smoking- Smoking is one of the main causes of coronary artery disease. Once you give up smoking, your risk of a heart attack will be half of what it was before.
2. Weight- Obesity severely increases your risk of getting a heart disease. Having a lot of fruits and vegetable and keeping a diet low in sugar and fat is crucial for decreasing the risk of heart disease.
3. Fiber- Try to eat at least 30 g of fiber every day. This will allow you to lower your risk of heart disease.
4. Reduce Saturated Fat Consumption- When you have saturated fats, the levels of cholesterol in your blood increase. This increases your risk of a heart attack.
5. Eat Fruits and Vegetables- Consume as much fruits and vegetables as you can.
6. Reduce Salt Intakes- Reducing the amount of salt you consume is crucial for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
7. Consume Fish- Fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which protect against heart disease.
8. Reduce Alcohol Consumption- Alcohol also has a negative impact on your heart health. Reduce the amounts of alcohol you consume.
9. Reduce Stress- You can’t avoid stress entirely. It’s part of a normal life. But you can choose how you deal with it.
10. Reduce Sugar Intake- Diabetes is known to increase your risk of a heart attack and sugar increases your risk of diabetes. Therefore, reduce your sugar intake to reduce your risk of diabetes.