World Heart Day: 29th September 2015

World Heart Day: 29th September 2015

World Heart Day is an annual event which takes place on 29 September every year. The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD) – including heart disease and stroke. Each year’s celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health. This year World Heart Day is dedicated to exposing how much our environments can impact on and increase CVD risk factors. CVD can be prevented by addressing risk factors, such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. 

“World Heart Day encourages us to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and to promote a heart-healthy planet for all those around us.”

Courtesy: World Health Federation.

5 Best foods for a Healthy Heart

Salmon : Salmon is considered as superstar of Heart Healthy foods. Salmon is considered to be healthy due to its high protein, high omega-3 fatty acids, and high vitamin D content. It reduces the risk of arrythima (irregular heart Beat), atherosclerosis . Intake of salmon twice a week ois recommended for a healthy heart.

Oatmeal: It is high in soluble fiber which lowers the cholesterol. It eliminates the cholesterol from the body.  Because of its high content of complex carbohydrates and water-soluble fiber that encourages slow digestion and stabilizes blood-glucose levels , its consumption is highly recommended.

Blueberries: It has been shown to improve blood fat balances, including reduction in total cholesterol, raising of HDL cholesterol, and lowering of triglycerides. At the same time, blueberry intake has been shown to help protect the blood components (like LDL cholesterol) from oxygen damage that could lead to eventual clogging of the blood vessels.

Dark Chocolate: Eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of Blood clots. Dark chocolate also helps reduce the risk of stroke.

Nuts: These include walnuts,almonds, pitachios, Peanuts . Nuts contains lot of fibres which are good for the heart. They also contain Vitamin E which aids in lowering of bad cholesterol. Pistachios contain potassium and fibres. Almond’s skin is full of heart-protecting compounds called flavonoids.Walnuts help to lower the bad form of cholesterol (LDL).