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Heart Health
Your heart is the powerhouse to your whole body—that’s why it’s important to provide it with the attention and care it needs. Given the heart’s never-ending workload, it’s a wonder it performs so well. With it pumping oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body, this fist-sized powerhouse beats about 100000 times a day supplying blood to all parts of the body. Taking good care of your heart is an absolute must.

What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. A heart attack is a medical emergency. The most common symptom is chest pain or discomfort which may travel into the shoulder, arm, back, neck or jaw.  Depending on how long the blood supply is cut off, the damage can be mild, severe or cause lifelong problems. In most cases, an untreated heart attack can be fatal.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

The sooner you recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and get treatment, the better. Some of the symptoms of a heart attack include the following:

  • Pain, pressure, or discomfort in the chest: this may feel like heaviness, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing, or stabbing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in the arms left shoulder, neck, throat, jaw, or back
  • Heart palpitations (irregular beats)
  • Increased heart rate (‘racing’ heart)
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Generalized uneasiness and fatigue

 How you can take care of your Heart?

Your heart is in your hands. Heart disease still remains the leading cause of death in both men and women worldwide. It is never too early to focus on heart health. One of the best ways to look after your heart is with a healthy lifestyle and proper care. In many cases of heart disease, they are easily preventable and even reversible with the right lifestyle choices. Take the following steps today to lower your risk of heart disease.

  • Eat healthily and stick to whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and lean proteins such as fish or chicken.
  • If your BMI (body mass index) is over the normal range (18-25), try to lose weight. A healthy weight could make an incredible difference in your overall health.”
  • Aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
  • Get more mental stimulation. Be more social, which can include going to social events or gatherings or hanging out with friends and family.
  • Work on relieving stress, which can include meditation or exercise.
  • Get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five times per week.

Making changes can also help reverse some of these health issues.

What do Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cholesterol have to do with Heart?

Blood Pressure and heart health 
When your blood pressure is on the higher side, the heart tends to pump harder thus ends up working harder. Changes in healthy habits such as cutting down salt, losing weight, having a stress free life and enjoying regular physical activity can help lower blood pressure.

Diabetes and heart health 

Managing diabetes is important to your long-term health, especially if you have heart disease. Diabetes is best controlled by diet, weight loss, physical activity, medicines and regular monitoring of your blood sugar. Taking regular medicine is a must and should.
Cholesterol and heart health
High blood cholesterol occurs if your body makes too much cholesterol or if you eat foods that have too much saturated fat and Trans fat. For patients with coronary heart disease are at high risk, and treatment focuses on reducing cholesterol. You may need to change your eating habits and lose weight.

What are the ways to prevent a heart attack?

Heart disease is preventable. 90% of heart diseases are detectable, preventable and treatable, by early detection. Detection plays an important role and also caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon for preventing heart disease. While many of us assume that popping a few pills that your healthcare provider prescribed is enough to quell symptoms or prevent a heart attack, the real preventative power lies with real changes to your lifestyle – which can reduce the risk for heart disease by as much as 80 percent.

What we at Venkateswara Hospitals have to offer?

Venkataeswara Hospitals is a leading multi-specialty hospital, which is located in the heart of the city at Chamiers Road, Nandanam, Chennai, close to the main arterial road of Mount Road (Anna Salai). We provide specialized and general medical services with professionalism, competence, and caring touch.

We believe that the best way to bring a smile to our patients’ faces is to touch their hearts with preventive and curative care. We have a holistic approach to healthcare, as we don’t just see the heart, but we look at the patient as a whole and treat them as a whole.  We at Venkataeswara Hospitals strive to promote heart health, in order to prevent heart diseases among patients in the community.

We offer a range of services to help diagnose cardiac health issues at an early stage, including:

  • 2D Echocardiogram [Echo]
  • Electrocardiogram [ECG]
  • Treadmill Testing [TMT]
  • 24 Hours ECG monitoring [Holter]
  • 24 Hours Ambulatory BP Recording
  • Master Health Checkup [Executive]

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