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Simple Ways to Maintain Heart Health in Women

Chintu Das
Chintu Das
Healthy Heart

Women have taken on a variety of tasks, from being the family's nurturer and caregiver to multi-tasking and leading in the workplace. They get wrapped up in the pressures of day-to-day life, which can be exhausting in many respects, despite their dedication to their duties.

This stress sometimes goes unnoticed, and it can have serious consequences for their health, including their heart health. Specific stressors can be identified, such as tight work deadlines, a major life transition, the death of a loved one, and so on. This is something we're both aware of. However, there are also cases of tension that go unseen in the daily lives of women.

Everyday things such as ensuring that family dinners are planned or that children arrive at school on schedule can be stressful. Meeting job deadlines at the same time, or even finishing everyday chores, will escalate the problem. Since these roles are often unavoidable, the burden that comes with them is unavoidable.

However, one must be aware of the potential negative effects on one's wellbeing. Numerous women are still suffering through the pandemic, juggling work-from-home responsibilities and household chores. For example, schools are implementing interactive classes, and mothers are juggling school assignments and crossing things off their to-do lists.

Such unavoidable pressures have raised tension levels and made it impossible for women to concentrate on their own well-being, negatively impacting their health.

Stress has been shown to have a negative effect on heart wellbeing. In a recent study, it was discovered that 76 percent and 59 percent of the female population* in cities like Mumbai and Delhi, respectively, are depressed and at risk of cardiovascular diseases.

It's alarming to learn that 58 percent of females who are at risk of heart attack or stroke because of stress do not perceive stress to be one of the top three risk factors in the top three metros. These shocking statistics highlight the importance of becoming mindful of invisible tension and its effect on heart wellbeing, as well as educating women in our lives.

We must empower and inspire women to get at least seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night; engage in 30 minutes of daily physical exercise that they love, such as brisk walking, strength training, meditation, and yoga; stay hydrated; and eat well-balanced, nutritious, timely meals.

These moves are critical for preventive cardiac treatment, and we must help and empower the people in our lives to prioritize their fitness, get routine medical checkups, and take safe heart-healthy measures as husbands, family members, or mates. Allow this year to be the beginning of a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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