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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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12 Simple steps towards a healthier heart

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Heart diseases as we all know are the number 1 killer in the world, claiming moiré than 17 million lives every year. The cause of the increase in this number can be attributed to various reasons including lifestyle and lack of any physical activities in addition to the increased stress that we are subjected to.

The good news is that most heart diseases can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet, being more active and stopping smoking.

Here’s a list of heart healthy foods that you should include in your regular diet plan.

Oatmeal: Commonly had in the form of porridge, a bowl of oatmeal in the morning can fuel you with much needed omega-3-fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, folate, niacin, calcium and soluble fibre.

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Nuts: Nuts like walnuts and almonds provide essential nutrients like plant omega-3-fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, fibre, phytosterols and mono and polyunsaturated fats. To gain the most from nuts, you can mix it with a bowl of fruit salad or yogurt.

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Flaxseeds: Another rich source of omega-3-fatty acids, fibre and phytoestrogens. Just sprinkle a little ground flaxseed  on your salad or your bowl of cereal every morning.

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Vegetables: Veggies like broccoli and carrots supply us with alpha-carotene (a carotenoid), fibre, potassium, calcium and vitamins C and E. Perk up your daily soup or salad with some shredded carrots and broccoli.

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Red wine: This should not be viewed as a reason for anyone to take up drinking. But a glass of red wine, which contains catechins and reservatol helps reduce your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and increase your good cholesterol levels (HDL), thus keeping your heart upbeat.

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T-factor: A lot of individuals seem to write off canned goods believing that they are never good for you. Not necessarily. Some canned products like tuna or tofu are useful in providing nutrients like omega-3-fatty acids, folate and niacin. You can grill them or mix them with your salad, but make sure you don’t skip these necessary nutrients.

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Oranges: A fruit that is present on diet chart of almost every health conscious individual, and for good reason. The citrus fruit is a rich source of vitamin C, folic acid and vitamin B6.

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Sweet potato: Many may find it hard to believe, but sweet potatoes are recommended by many health experts for their richness in beta-carotene, vitamins A, C and E and fibre.

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Spinach:The secret to Popeye the sailor’s super-strength. Used in salads, soups and sandwiches, it is a rich source of lutein (a carotenoid), B-complex vitamins, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium and fibre.

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Papaya: Another fruit well-known among the health conscious population. Papayas are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and E, folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

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Tomatoes: Commonly seen in all kitchens, tomatoes can provide you with beta and alpha-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, folate and fibre.

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Chocolate: Dark chocolate to be more precise. Advised by many as something to be avoided for good health, dark chocolate is actually a rich source of reservatol and flavonoids, both of which are extremely good for your heart.

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All these food products are loaded with nutrients that are good for your heart health, which is why they should have a place in your regular diet chart.

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Remember the hit Volkswagen ad? There’s a story you can take to heart.

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Have a heart for Felix

Fearless Felix Not So Fearless, Went Faster Than We Thought
Feb 4, 2013 3:01 PM 48,767 130

Fearless Felix Not So Fearless, Went Faster Than We Thought

It turns out that supersonic man Felix Baumgartner was even more supersonic than we previously thought. He actually reached 843.6 miles per hour (1,357.6 km/h), which is 1.25 the speed of sound. His heart rate was extremely high at the exact time of the jump—understandably!

At the exact moment of the jump his heart was racing at 185 beats per minute, which is considered the maximum heart rate that a 35-year-old adult should have while exercising. Baumgartner was 43 years old at the time of his October record-breaking jump.

So yes, it’s confirmed: he was indeed the first man to break the sound barrier with no mechanical propulsion, only using his body in free fall over New Mexico. He also keep a supersonic speed for half a minute, while his heart kept pumping anywhere from 155 to 175 beats per minute.

Here’s the complete official data:

• He started to spin at 60 revolutions per minute and kept spinning like that for 13 seconds (vomit).
• He jumped from an altitude of 127,852 feet, 248 feet lower than the initial figure but still record-breaking.
• He experienced 25.2 seconds of absolute weightlessness at the beginning of his free fall.
• He never exceeded 3.5 G of acceleration for more than six continuous seconds.
• His skull remained under 2 G at all times, which is within the safe zone.
• His total freefall time: 4 minutes, 20 seconds.

The updated records:

• Maximum Vertical Speed: 1,357.6 kmh / 843.6 mph / Mach 1.25

• Highest Exit (Jump) Altitude: 38,969.4 m / 127,852.4 ft

• Vertical Freefall Distance:* 36,402.6 m / 119,431.1 ft

*without drogue or stabilization device

Running with heart

“Few things in life match the thrill of a marathon.” A saying from Fred Lebow, who was the founder and one of the runners of the New York City Marathon, and a saying that stands true to its word.

We’re standing on the brink of the tenth edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and with approximately 39,000 participants, the Mumbai Marathon is all set to be the one of the biggest sporting events of 2013.

And just like the past nine years, AHI is once again the ‘Official Medical Partner’ for the mega-event Mumbai will witness.

Like every year, AHI will set up ten medical stations across the 42 km stretch with a total of almost 350 volunteers, including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff. All the volunteers at the Marathon are specially trained and equipped to handle any emergencies so that each and every runner does not have any reason to worry. In addition to the medical stations, two base camps are also set up to watch over the runners. In other words, one can also say this is ‘Mumbai’s Decade-long Run with AHI.’


Every year, AHI ensures that the runners of the Marathon have world-class aid readily available in case of any emergency that may occur during the race. And for the past nine years, the Mumbai Marathon has been one of the safest Marathon events all across the world, a fact that highlights the efforts put in by the team and volunteers at AHI.


Brave hearts

Over the last decade, AHI has ensured the safety of all the runners at the Marathon, but that is not the only thing to make the Mumbai Marathon so special for AHI.

Every year, more than 75 participants from AHI run the Mumbai Marathon. And before you start thinking that this is nothing too special about 75 participants running the Marathon, you should know that each of these 75 individuals are cardiac patients who have just recovered from heart attacks and even bypass surgeries. Each of these patients has been training under the guidance of Dr. Aashish Contractor at the Cardiac Rehabilitation department at AHI. This year, you will once again find 75 of our Bravehearts at the starting point, and more importantly at the finish line on the race day.


So put on your running shoes and join them in the biggest run of the year on the 20th of January.

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the 30’s. From this morning’s Times Of India.

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Stress warning in this morning’s Times Of India.

For more information on diet, health and nutrition, please email Harpinder Gill at You are welcome to email us with any question on any health topic. Please allow 24 hours for an answer, and if your query seems requiring an urgent response, expect to hear from us before that time.

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