Heart attack – Know the signs


Anyone can be a victim of a heart attack, irrespective of the age and sex. Lack of exercise a poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle that includes smoking, excessive alcohol consumption can all increase the risk of having a heart attack.

Saving a life in such a situation requires taking the right steps in case of a heart attack, for which it is important to first understand the signs that indicate a heart attack. Here are some signs that may indicate a heart attack, in which case you should get yourself admitted at a hospital.

Heaviness in the chest

Unbearable pain in the upper stomach

Pain in the arms, especially the left arm

Shortness of breath

Pain in the neck and jaws

In case you experience any of these signs, it would be wise to get yourself to the hospital, where you may have to get an ECG done to identify the exact cause.

Nausea, sweating, light-headedness and a feeling of pressure on the chest are some of the other signs that may also indicate a heart attack.

The most common sign of a heart attack in men is pain in the chest while women usually experience breathlessness, back and jaw pain and nausea.

In case you find yourself experiencing any of these danger signs, residents in Mumbai can call 126 126, our 24×7 heart helpline that offers emergency services to cardiac patients.

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For more information, or to get your heart health checked, please visit www.asianheartinstitute.org, or call +91 99201 55000.

Super-foods for a healthy lifestyle


Modified from http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/10-superfoods-for-a-healthy-life/articleshow/19256549.cms

In a fast-paced life that we lead today, it is important to have a diet that provides you with the nutrients and immunity required for our daily activities. Here are ten superfoods that are known for their benefits to your health and you should include in your meals.

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Avocados: A great source of Mono-unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients like fibre, vitamin E, folate and potassium, avocados can help prot4ct your heart. You can opt to include avocados in your salads.

Broccoli: Brocolli has certain properties that can help fight serious life-threatening diseases including heart diseases and cancer.

Eggs: Eggs are rich in a lot of nutrients and anti-oxidants that are not present in a lot of other food items. But avoid eating more than three egg yolks. Egg whites can be consumed daily.

Milk: A glass of fat-free milk provides you with calcium that not only strengthens your bones but also helps fight excess fat in the body.

Nuts: Nuts not only keep you alert, they also keep your hair and skin in great condition. They are a great source of anti-oxidants and omega-3s. A handful of nuts everyday can help cut down your risk of developing a heart disease and diabetes.

Salmon: Fish oils are sometimes prescribed by doctors as they can help fight heart diseases, smoothen your skin and also help reduce the effects of arthritis.

Tofu: Replacing fatty meats and cheeses with tofu and soy milk can reduce your saturated fat intake and help you remain healthy. Soy contains heart healthy polyunsaturated fats, fibre and some important vitamins and its isoflavones can help prevent breast cancer.

Oatmeal: Oats not only help reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of heart diseases, unsweetened oatmeal can also help fight Type 2 diabetes.

Olive oil: Olive oil is a MUFA rich oil and helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels in your body. Olive oil can also help cut down the risk of cancer.

Yogurt: This is not only a great way to include calcium in your diet, but it also boosts your immune system.

For more healthcare and diet tips, you can visit www.asianheartinstitute.org or call +91 99201 55000 to speak to our dieticians.

Teas to help burn the fat


A cup of tea, something most of us start our day with, something that freshens us up on a lazy afternoon and something that can energize us at the end of a tiring day.

But that’s not all a cup of tea can do for you. Continue reading to see how five different kinds of teas can help you lose those extra pounds.

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Star anise tea: Promotes digestion
Star anise can be used to treat digestive problems like upset stomach, diarrhoea and nausea.
Steep a whole anise pod in one cup of hot water for ten minutes, strain this and sip on this when you in case you have any digestive problems. You can also sweeten the brew if needed.

Peppermint tea: Controls what you eat
Peppermint leaves can help in preparing a refreshing tea that can help you sped up digestion and burn calories. Peppermint tea either hot or chilled can be prepared with a tablespoon of fresh or dried leaves added to boiling water and allowed to steep for four to five minutes. Strain this brew and add honey if needed.

Green tea: Helps improve metabolism
Studies suggest that EGCG, present in green tea helps improve your metabolism and can help you burn some calories. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants that also help improve metabolism and burn fat.

Rose tea: Prevents constipation
Prepared by mixing fresh roses and the bud of the tea, rose tea has great benefits for your body. Rose tea helps clear toxins from your body and improves your skin condition. The vitamins in rose tea can also help fight infections, prevent constipation and lose weight.

Oolong tea: Protects against obesity
Some studies suggest that oolong, a semi-fermented tea can promote fat burning and help reduce cholesterol and fat concentration in the body.
Steep oolong for anywhere between 30 seconds and 5 minutes for a full-bodied cup.

To know more diet tips or to talk to our dieticians, you can call +91 99201 55000 or visit http://www.asianheartinstitute.org. 

7 habits that can kill your heart


We all know how importance of the heart and how important it is to look after your heart health. This essentially requires a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating habits, regular exercise and health checks on a regular basis.

Some of our daily habits can take a toll on our hearts without us realizing it until it is too late. Here are seven habits that can destroy your heart.

Excessive alcohol consumption: Having a drink once in a while may not have a major impact on your health. In fact a red wine in the right quantities can be good for your heart health. But make sure that you do not consume alcohol on a regular basis so that you do not have to face a cardiac event in the future. In addition to your heart health, excess alcohol can also have a severe impact on your liver and bones. Quitting alcohol can reduce your risk of developing a heart disease by almost 50%.

Excess salt in diet: We of course need a pinch of salt in our food so that it is nit tasteless. But overuse of salt can put you at a risk of developing high blood pressure, which can even lead to a heart attack, stroke or any other heart cardiac complications. So make sure that you use the salt with care in your meals.

Lack of exercise: Little or no exercise is another reason why you may develop a cardiac condition. The lesser we exercise, the more we stand to gain weight and develop problems related to excess weight. Excess weight and lack of exercise may also lead to Type 2 diabetes.

Ignoring anxiety and depression: A lot of people fail to understand how big an impact anxiety, stress and depression can have on your health, especially your heart. It is important to address these issues so that they are minimized in time and are not left untreated as this can affect your energy levels and have an impact on your nervous system.

Comfort eating: This is a situation when we eat, even when not hungry, and to make it worse, we usually tend to eat unhealthy foods that are rich in sugar, salt and fats. Comfort not only adds to our weight but can also be a risk of developing cardiac diseases.

Smoking: We are all aware of the effects that smoking has on our body. But there are still millions of smokers who add to their risk with cigarettes. Some statistics reveal that nearly 30% of cardiac deaths are caused due to smoking.

Lack of sleep: Lack of sleep often leads to sleep deprivation, which in turn causes hormonal imbalances that can also have an impact on your heart. Stress hormone levels are also increased due to insufficient sleep. An adult should ideally get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.

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For more heart care tips, or to visit our Preventive Cardiology division, please call +91 99201 55000 or visit www.asianheartinstitute.org

Health checkup camp at AHI


Health checkup camp at AHI

Mumbai cops get health conscious


Mumbai cops get health conscious

Work out for your heart


With heart diseases already the number one killer in the world, causing more than 17 million deaths every year, it is extremely important not only for adults but also the younger generation today to know what you can do to avoid a cardiac condition. Your lifestyle is one of the most important things in your control that can help you avoid a cardiac complication in the future.

There are plenty of aerobic and cardiovascular exercises can help you improve your heart rate and overall heart function. Cardiovascular exercises can improve the way your body uses oxygen so you are less tired when you perform any physical activities and your heart is more efficient at pumping blood through your body.

Here are a few simple exercises that can help your heart function better and help you avoid a cardiac event in the future.

Aerobic exercises: 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercises a day, three or four days a week can significantly improve your heart rate.

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Brisk walking: A simple yet efficient way to improve your fitness. Walk at a fast rate to achieve a moderate intensity level. But ensure that you wear proper supportive footwear. Try walking for around 15 to 20 minutes every day.

Running: One of the best ways to burn calories, improve cardiac function and fitness levels. You can start with brisk walking and running for 1 to 2 minutes every 5 minutes. As your fitness levels improve, you will be able to run for longer periods without the need to walk in between.

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Circuit training: This involves mixing up your cardio. A simple example; 3 minutes of cardio followed by a minute of strength training. Or another example would be to select 5 to 7 strength training exercises and perform 1 set of each. This kind of training improves your muscular strength, endurance as well as your heart health.

Cycling: Another cardiovascular activity, one that is easy on your joints. While you are cycling, you not only build strength and tone your lower body, you heart also starts pumping better.

Swimming: Swimming is a great activity that can help you maintain fitness levels. It not only improves your heart health but also improves your muscular strength and tone. Especially if you have joint problems, swimming is a safer alternative to walking and running.

Strength training: Strength training can be a great complement to aerobic exercises. It can help prevent age-related bone and muscle loss and increase your stamina.

Yoga: Yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety which may eventually help you control high blood pressure.

Weight training: Weight training can help you control your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol levels and control sugar levels. It also helps boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight.

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Climbing stairs: Skip the elevators and escalators. Take the stairs instead, which is a step ahead of running and very good to improve the heart function.

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At AHI, our Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation department aims at providing solutions through different exercise programs tailored to the specific needs of the patients.

To know more about our preventive cardiology programs, you can call +91-22-6698 6666/+91-22-2650 0500 or visit www.asianheartinstitute.org.

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