Srinagar: Kashmir – based physician, educator and columnist Dr Tasaduk Hussain Itoo on the occasion of World Heart Day–observed every year on 29th of September; said that adopting a healthy lifestyle is key to prevention of heart diseases.
He said that adopting unhealthy routines like eating poorly, exercising less, or leaning more heavily on substances such as alcohol, smoking and drug abuse, could increase the potential risks of heart diseases in general and heart attacks in particular.
He said that there are many modifiable risk factors responsible for heart diseases that can be modified well in healthy ways to prevent the latter from occurring.
“Controlling your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and monitoring your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keeping them under control are crucial hallmarks in prevention of heart diseases”, he said
In addition he said that controlling your lifestyle choices such as avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption are too important to help in prevention of heart diseases.
He said that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the incidence of heart attacks at home have increased and lead to various cardiac deaths.
He said that cardiac death is largely preventable if patients with a heart attack come to hospital in time to get treatment.
“If you think you are having any heart issue, it is really important to come to hospital and get evaluated so you can get the problem taken care of early”, he said.
He further added that people should also avoid unnecessary stress in their lives by following a good health routine as research has shown that depression can increase a person’s risk for a heart attack.