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Cardiologist, Chennai

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4 common habits that damage your heart

MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
Endocrinologist, Delhi
4 common habits that damage your heart

Certain habits can cause damage to your heart even if you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. According to researchers, working people having who have a desk job are more prone to suffer from heart conditions due to stress in their work life, lack of proper rest, limited movement, etc. Most of the times you tend to ignore your bad habits as the side effects do not occur immediately but can cause serious damage to your heart. Following are the common bad habits that you should avoid for a healthier heart-

1. Sitting all day
Something as seemingly trivial as it is, sitting all day can have an adverse effect on your heart. According to studies, if your job involves sitting on a desk for more than five hours then you have double the risk of suffering a heart failure compared to a person who has an active lifestyle. Make sure you take at least a five minute walk in an hour to reduce chances of hardening the arteries. A sedentary lifestyle has serious side effects on your overall health too.

2. Stress too much
Stress causes the body to release adrenaline which influences the way your body functions. In that case there might be an increase in heart rate or your blood pressure level. Over time, stress can cause damage to the blood vessels in your heart and increase your risk of sudden stroke or heart attack.

3. Overdoing it on salt
Excessive sodium can spike your blood pressure thereby making your more vulnerable to heart conditions. Processed foods like potato chips, canned vegetables, frozen meals and meats contain a fair amount of sodium which can have an adverse effect on your heart. It is important to take the nutritional value of these foods in account before purchasing it so that you get the ones with lowest amount of sodium.

4. Not getting enough sleep
The heart rate dips when you sleep and goes up and down as a response to your dreams in various stages of your sleep. It is important for your heart to rest as it actively works in your waking hours. Sleep deprivation has similar effects on your heart like stress and can wreck your cardiovascular health. It is of utmost importance to sleep for at 7 hours to keep your heart healthy.

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Hello sir, I want to know that is penidure is necessary for me right now? And why does the pain in my heart side or in heart occur?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Hello sir, I want to know that is penidure is necessary for me right now? And why does the pain in my heart side or i...
Dear Lybrateuser, -Penidure is given to protect & prevent from infection if your heart was earlier affected by it -it is not mentioned by you as to what problem you had earlier if you had any -if it was associated with the heart valves then pain may occur on straining or exertion -get your self regularly reviewed & checked up by your cardiologist.
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Chest titeness problems. All report is OK, chest ct scan, CBC blood, echo, are normal, but kabhi kabhi chest me pain ho jata hai halka halka, chest ke centre me upside pain hota hai. So what can I do, please solve my problem.

MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
Chest titeness problems. All report is OK, chest ct scan, CBC blood, echo, are normal, but kabhi kabhi chest me pain ...
Hello, CHEST PAIN in your case may be due to 1.acidity. 2. severe anxiety 3. muscular problem Is history of any trauma / breathing difficulty also is pain only at one point? is burning chest also + i need to take detail history for further management consult Physician/me for further management
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My Wife age is 31 years , suffering with Thyroid THS>150 from last 6mnts kindly suggest , she is consuming thyroxine sodium tablets 100 mcg from last 6mnts , currently Dr. Suggested for 150 mcg.

MS - ENT,MBBS
ENT Specialist, Kolkata
My Wife age is 31 years , suffering with Thyroid THS>150 from last 6mnts kindly suggest , she is consuming thyroxine ...
First : medicines are mandatory.  Otherwise you might have weight gain, muscle ache, sleep and anxiety issues as well as reproductive  and cardiac issues later. You need to get an USG neck done  and an FNAC USG guided of thyroid gland. FT3/FT4/TSH  If you have already done these tests Share on Lybrate I can help you better. Any history of alcohol  intake /fatty food /sugary food How much exercise do you get done every day? Ideally you should be doing a good mix of cardio ,weights and crossfit  exercises to keep you healthy Together  with a balanced diet with optimum  healthy fat protein and carbs.  Avoid  deep fried fatty food and fast food. No soft drinks /sugary drinks. I am outlining  food you should avoid or restrict in Hypothyroidism. It's important  you maintain  your body weight exercise regularly. Weight gain increases thyroid hormone requirements.  Avoid cruciferous   group of veggies  like cabbage and broccoli. Avoid soya bean in all forms. No soya ,nugget, chunk,tofu or milk. Limit their intake: Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy. Cooking the vegetables can reduce the effect that cruciferous vegetables have on the thyroid gland. Limiting your intake to 5 ounces a day appears to have no adverse effect on thyroid function. Decrease gluten  intake from processed  food. Always try whole grain varieties of cereals which is rich in fibres and help improve  bowels (Take your thyroid replacement  medicine several hours before or several hours after food rich in fibres .Otherwise problem  with absorption  of hormone. 20 to 35 gram of fibres daily from all sources. Avoid excessive fatty (deep fried) and sugary food as hypothyroidism  causes your metabolism  to slow down &weight gain. Avoid highly salted food, chips,pickles, sauces as they contain  large amount of sodium .Hypothyroidism  puts you at risk of high BP and excess sodium in salt aggravates Coffee  in excess. And coffee with thyroid hormone  replacement  can prevent absorption.  Alcohol. It is toxic to thyroid gland and prevents  hormone production and absorption. The problems of hypothyroidism  gets better with medicines, diet and exercise.  You will start  better as the levels of your hormone normalises.  Initially  you need to do the TSH test every 6 weeks till normal TSH then every 3 months Diet /EXERCISE/Medicines/Sleep/meditation :5 pillars of health needed to live the healthiest Hope this helps
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Can eat cashew nuts who is got cholesterol high? Some guys are saying cashew nuts are help to decrease your cholesterol level is that true?

MBBS, DMRD, MD - Radio Diagnosis, FIIM(Ayurved), D.SC, Post Doctoral Fellowship of Institute of Indian Medicine, Ph.D
Non-Invasive Conservative Cardiac Care Specialist, Ahmednagar
Can eat cashew nuts who is got cholesterol high? Some guys are saying cashew nuts are help to decrease your cholester...
Dear Cholesterol is made in liver as per body needs. Food does not alter these levels. Enjoy food which you can digest. Excess of any thing is bad for health
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I am 20 year old male. My question is that I have chest problem. One of the chest is forward as compared to other. Its paining sometime. What should I do?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I am 20 year old male. My question is that I have chest problem. One of the chest is forward as compared to other. It...
Get your self examined by a general surgeon and if necessary get a mammogram done to rule out any pathology
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My husband is an diabetics patience he can drink milk at night before sleep and he also suffering with bloodpressure as well as cholesterol problem.

MBBS, MD, FAIIDR
Diabetologist, Vadodara
My husband is an diabetics patience he can drink milk at night before sleep and he also suffering with bloodpressure ...
Yes, diabetic person can definitely drink milk at bedtime. But remove cream portion from milk after boiling it.
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Does ldl cholesterol increases in the age 22. Or else what is the age to check cholesterol level? What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Does ldl cholesterol increases in the age 22. Or else what is the age to check cholesterol level?
What are the sympto...
High cholesterol can limit blood flow, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. It's detected by a blood test. High cholesterol has no symptoms. Treatments include medication, a healthy diet and exercise.
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Stroke

MD - General Medicine, DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Kochi
Stroke

Sudden cessation of blood supply to brain retina or spinal cord causes nerve dysfunction called stroke.
If you identify stroke go to hospital immediately
Know the symptoms of stroke facial deviation. Slurring of speeches. Leg weakness
One eye visual loss.
Are major symptoms
Within 7 hours block in the brain blood vessels can be removed.

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Sir I'm suffering from chest pain by smoking a lot per a day. How to quit smoking.

PGDHHM, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Sir I'm suffering from chest pain by smoking a lot per a day. How to quit smoking.
It is all your will that can help you quit.if u will decide to quit for sure ,various options r available. If u have strong eager to smoke, nicotine chewing gum and patches are available but to be taken after consulting a doctor. U can go for couselling/consult psychiayrist too. Hope this answer helps u.
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Hi, I am 25 years old. I have some problem in my heart. Always little paining. What should I do?

MBBS
General Physician, Aurangabad
Hi, I am 25 years old. I have some problem in my heart. Always little paining.
What should I do?
hi, many a times we assume if we have a problem in chest area its due heart problem see their are many organs structure and tissues around heart which may be involved causing pain, does you pain on exertion?? do you feel breathless when you walk or do work?? does pain last long?? to come to any conclusion a detailed history is needed, you can consult me online to help in better way, regards.
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I use to get. Little bit. Pain in my Heart.. When I eat too much sweets or do a alot physical work. Is it the symptoms of Heart Attack.

AUTLS, CCEDM, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Faridabad
I use to get. Little bit. Pain in my Heart.. When I eat too much sweets or do a alot physical work. Is it the symptom...
no ,it might be a symptom of acid attack!!! i.e . acidity .but get an ecg done immediately to rule out heart attack..or TMT to find that ur heart is healthy
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I have cold and cough since last week and it's so severe tha I start getting chest pain after coughing out so loud. Please help me.

MBBS, MBA (Healthcare)
General Physician, Delhi
I have cold and cough since last week and it's so severe tha I start getting chest pain after coughing out so loud. P...
take sinarest one at night for 3 days. honitus 2 tsf 2 times a day. if not ok do cbc consult physician.
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My mother's heart is working 25%. She is getting treatment from Apollo hospital. They have restricted liquid for better heart function. How can be increase her heart efficiency naturally. One of my friend suggest "Arjun ki chhal" Please suggest.

Advanced Aesthetics
Ayurveda, Gulbarga
My mother's heart is working 25%. She is getting treatment from Apollo hospital. They have restricted liquid for bett...
Terminalia Arjuna (usually simply referred to as Arjuna) is a tree bark that is used medicinally in Ayurveda for the purposes of cardiovascular health pertaining to the heart itself. 25%working can not understand she is in admitted hospital or what sir.
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I am having problem of heart that when I sleep in night at deep sleep then suddenly I got shock that pains my heart for 2 minutes what I do?

MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
I am having problem of heart that when I sleep in night at deep sleep then suddenly I got shock that pains my heart f...
Hello, CHEST PAIN in your case may be due to 1.acidity. 2. severe anxiety 3. muscular problem Is history of any trauma / breathing difficulty also is pain only at one point? is burning chest also + i need to take detail history for further management consult Physician/me for further management
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I am 19 years old I have a problem in my chest it is very large and I have fat body so what can I do Please help me sir.

MBBS, M.S, M. Ch, F.I.A.C.S
Cardiologist, Chennai
I am 19 years old I have a problem in my chest it is very large and I have fat body so what can I do Please help me sir.
Take less fat diet. Gym to exercise. Plenty of vegetable and fruits. More of salads less of non- veg. Burn 250 calories a week, at the gym. Check lipids.
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My uncle was previously having low bp stages. But since two months he is having attacks of high bp. He has not done any investigations. What could be the causes? And What investigations could be done? please guide.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
My uncle was previously having low bp stages. But since two months he is having attacks of high bp. He has not done a...
Dear Lybrateuser, - High BP could be essential hypertension (where is is no specific problem in the body but bp remains high, maximum cases come under this category, secondary hyper tension can be due to any cardiac defect or due to secretion if a hormone from a tumour in kidney area - get investigations done, blood CBC, cholesterol, sugar, x- ray chest, ECG, echo, consult a physician as medication may be required if bp remains high - in the meantime he should follow some precautions, - restrict salt intake, fried & junk foods, also namkeens, pickles, papads as they have a high salt content - have more of fruits, vegetables, whole grains instead of refined ones, low fat dairy & dairy products, proteins & healthy fats as in olive, canola & sunflower oil, walnuts, almonds, avocados & seafoods - do regular exercise like brisk walking, jogging, yoga, meditation & deep breathing to destress which helps reduce the BP, also should sleep well for 7-8 hrs at night which calms the mind & lowers BP - monitor BP regularly preferably at the same time of the day & try to reduce weight (if more) by diet & exercise.
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I am suffering ftom cholesterol. Trygliricic is very high. It is around 234. please tell what to do?

MS - General Surgery, MBBS
General Surgeon, Delhi
I am suffering ftom cholesterol. Trygliricic is very high. It is around 234. please tell what to do?
Avoid starch intake like sweets, potato, rice, root vegetables and other food items which increase your triglycerides level and then check your lipid.
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I am 47 years old. My bp 130/90. Am I want to take any medication for this pressure.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I am 47 years old. My bp 130/90. Am I want to take any medication for this pressure.
Hello, Few lifestyle changes can help you in controlling and preventing the high blood pressure, even if you're taking blood pressure medication. Eat healthy foods. Consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy foods. Eat less saturated fat and trans fat. Decrease the salt in your diet. So, avoid eating processed foods, such as canned soups or frozen dinners which contains extra salt in it. Keeping a healthy weight, or losing weight if you're overweight or obese, can help you control your high blood pressure and lower your risk of related health problems. Increase physical activity which can help lowering your blood pressure, manage stress, reduce your risk of several health problems. Get indulged in regular exercising (if your doctor allows you). Limit alcohol. Even if you're healthy, alcohol can raise your blood pressure. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Don't smoke. Tobacco injures blood vessel walls and speeds up the process of hardening of the arteries. Reduce stress as much as possible. Practice healthy coping techniques, such as muscle relaxation, deep breathing or meditation. Getting regular physical activity and plenty of sleep can help, too. Monitor your blood pressure at home. Medication: You can take homoeopathic medicine - Schwabe’s Essentia Aurea/ thrice daily which is a cardio-tonic which helps in maintaining blood pressure, improves muscle tone of the heart and narrowing of blood vessels.
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