Top tips to keep healthy heart during festive season

Top tips to keep healthy heart during festive season

dr vanita blog date October 19, 2022 | 3 minutes read time

We are all looking forward to the festive season, when whole of India will celebrate back-to-back festivals. With the pleasure of feasting on delicious cuisine and a lot of sweets, the festive season lasts for almost three months. This is the time when dieting and healthy eating practices take the back seat, which may eventually result in life-threatening or health-changing conditions. Without being a spoilsport, this blog will lay out top tips to enjoy together with keeping a healthy heart during this festive season.

What impact do festivals have on our heart health?

A festival is a time when you want to enjoy all the festivities without worrying about your health. But whatever you do or don’t do has some sort of effect on your health. Here are several ways that attending festivals may have a harmful impact on your health.

  • Keeping a fast  

In India, customs associated with most festivals call for strict fasting. Additionally, it is thought to be good for the heart because it may lower blood pressure. A doctor should always be consulted before beginning a fast if you have a cardiac condition because fasting can lead to an electrolyte imbalance in the body that can result in an erratic heartbeat.

  • Heavy dining 

Any celebration has to include dining, particularly in India. During these festivities, it is impossible to avoid tempting traditional sweets and savouries. However, you should be watchful of your blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as the portion size of the food, particularly if it is high in salt and sugar.

  • Irregular eating and sleeping

Festival celebrations include endless chores, late-night talks, and fun activities. This may cause sleep disturbances and raise your stress levels, which may then raise your blood pressure and blood sugar levels causing severe damage to your health.

Suggestions for Maintaining Heart Health During the Festival Season

Let’s look at some precautions you may take to maintain heart health while having fun at festivals:

  • Keep yourself hydrated with water because dehydration can cause the blood vessels to contract, raising your blood pressure.
  • Eat fruit and vegetable salads prior to your main course. This can make you feel full and help you avoid overeating.
  • You can prevent issues with high and low blood pressure by taking your medications as directed and on schedule. Don’t forget to take your meds and be sure to research whether or not you may take them on an empty stomach.
  • Avoid or limit drinking alcohol since it can cause your blood pressure to reach harmful levels.
  • Avoid exposure to extremely high decibel sounds or for that matter anything which my make you anxious.
  • Maintain your activity level by exercising for at least 30 minutes each day. You can also walk or take stairs instead of lift to ensure you keep yourself active. Your metabolism will likely increase as a result, and your heart will work less hard.
  • It is always good to consult the best cardiologist before the festive season if you have any concerns relating to your heart health.

We hope this article has provided you with some helpful advice on how to enjoy the festive season while keeping your own and family’s heart healthy.

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    Dr. Vanita Arora is Senior Consultant Cardiac Electrophysiologist & Interventional Cardiologist at Apollo Hospital, Delhi. She has been a successful Cardiologist in India for the last 28 years. She is a DNB Cardiology, MD - Medicine, M.B.B.S . You can visit her at Apollo Hospital, Delhi. To book an appointment online with Dr. Vanita Arora - the best cardiologist in India, please contact us.

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