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Simple Ways to Prevent a Second Heart Attack

Surviving a heart attack is only half the battle won; the other half is about preventing the second one. All it takes to spare your heart this dread are lifestyle changes and a meager amount of resilience. Here are some simple ways to prevent a second heart attack.

  1. Preventing a Second Heart Attack

Surviving a heart attack generally puts you at an increased risk of a second one. But, the danger can effectively be forestalled by following some simple lifestyle changes and taking precautionary measures. Keeping a second heart attack off could mean bringing drastic changes in your lifestyle. But these changes are in favour of your overall health and are worth making.

 

  1. Kicking the Butt

Smoking damages your heart’s rhythm, arteries, and decreases the amount of good cholesterol in your body. No kidding, but quitting smoking can cut your risk of a second heart attack by 50 percent. That’s a huge number to ignore and therefore you must consider it. In fact, even people exposed to second hand smoke should stay away from it to prevent the recurrence of their heart attack.

 

  1. Eating Healthy

A healthy heart results from a nutritious, well-balanced diet. You must cut down on your consumption of saturated fats because they clog the arteries resulting into a heart attack. Your diet should contain abundant foods that are high on omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and magnesium because they help lower your blood cholesterol levels. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fishes are some examples.

 

  1. Exercising

An exercise routine of mild physical activity for 30 minutes a day, five times a week is the sure shot mantra for a healthy living and a good heart. You can even go for 20 minutes of vigorous exercise thrice a week. Activities such as gardening, walking and performing household chores also help your heart. Daily habits that give your heart a boost are taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking instead of travelling by car.

 

  1. Controlling Cholesterol

High cholesterol is one of the major causes of heart attacks, being it the first or second one. If it has tricked you the last time, don’t let it cause you a second heart attack. Keep your cholesterol levels in check by consuming foods that are increase good cholesterol (HDL), being physically active, and staying away from alcohol consumption.

  1. Managing Weight

Obesity again is a key risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks. Therefore, people who are overweight are advised to shed extra kilos in order to prevent second heart attack from occurring. After losing, an optimal should be maintained according to your body mass index (BMI) to lower the risk of various health ailments, including that of heart.

 

  1. Relieving Stress

A stressed individual is more likely to suffer a heart attack, as compared to their happy counterparts. If stress bothers you, try relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, yoga, socializing, doing things that make you happy, stepping out for some fresh air once in a while. Being happy not only fights stress, but also prevents further worsening of your heart condition.

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Signs you are not drinking enough water

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Water is of great importance to all living things on the planet, and our bodies are not going to survive without being hydrated the right way. Therefore, the insufficient consumption of water can cause up to lots of health issues and severe conditions, so it should be treated on time. It is very much necessary to have balanced water in body for proper functioning.

Here are the signs that your body sends when you are not drinking enough water:

Changed Color of The Urine

Dehydration is often manifested by the changed color of the urine. If the urine has become darker, or even brown, you should immediately increase the intake of water.

Frequency Of Urination

If you are not urinating for several hours, or you urinate less than 2-3 times daily,  you should drink more water, as you are not probably drinking enough. In this case, the kidneys cannot filter out all waste and toxins from the body.

Dry Skin

The skin needs water in order to be smooth and soft, so a dry skin is a clear sign of a dehydration.

Hunger

Often, we believe that we are feeling hunger, while we are actually just dehydrated. Our body easily mistakes the thirst for hunger, so as soon as you hydrate the body, the cravings will disappear.

Irritability

This is another common sign of a mild dehydration of the body.

Fatigue

People who lack water in their bodies are often too tired and sleepy during the day, as the normal functionality of the body is drastically reduced.

Headaches

Headaches are very often a sign of dehydration in the body. If the pain worsens as you bend down to pick up something, move fast or move up and down the stairs, your body lacks water.

Dry Mouth

The reduced release of saliva leads to a dry mouth, but if this issue becomes constant, you might have permanently damaged the throat and mouth, due to the insufficient water intake.

Cramps in The Arms And Legs

Dehydration might also lead to muscle cramps, usually felt in the arms and legs.

Dizziness

When the body loses too many fluids, and it needs water, it might cause lightheadedness and dizziness. In such cases, just drink a glass of water, and the symptoms will be reduced.

In the case of moderate to severe dehydration, one experiences:

  • Fast or weak pulse
  • Sunken eyes
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Low blood pressure
  • fainting
  • Stomach Bloating
  • Severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back
  • Convulsions
  • Heart failure
  • Sunken fontanelle — soft spot on a infants head
  • Sunken dry eyes, with few or no tears
  • Skin loses its firmness and looks wrinkled
  • Rapid and deep breathing — faster than normal

Furthermore, in the case of a chronic dehydration, the symptoms get much worse, such as:

  • High cholesterol levels
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Premature aging

To prevent all these complications and health issues, and support your overall health and the function of all body organs, make sure your body is always adequately hydrated, and drink at least 8 glasses of pure water daily.

 

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