When people are diagnosed with heart disease like high blood pressure or some other cardiovascular illness, they suddenly become cautious and live a life full of anxiety as if every day is their last day. But you can live a normal healthy life with certain lifestyle changes even after being diagnosed with heart disease. You don’t need to carry out any drastic changes. Start with small changes.
1. One simple change is to start with an exercise routine that you can perform on a daily basis. Heart, which is a muscle, needs exercise. Consult your doctor, who will guide you on how much exercise you can do so that over-exertion may not cause any harm. A regular walk for 15-30 minutes can also help. An active life will help you improve your digestion.
2. Consult your dietician and nutritionist and make a few dietary changes. Foods that are high in fats should be removed from your diet. Cookies, chips, ice cream and processed food should be avoided completely. Foods that are low in sodium are good for you. Eat heart healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts that can maintain cholesterol level. Include lot of salad in your meal.
3. Relax yourself. Stress can contract your blood vessel, which restricts heart from pumping blood and functioning properly. The most effective way to avoid this is to practice relaxation breathing. Yoga is a good practice for this purpose.
4. Always smile and try to remain happy. Smile is good for your body. Listen to your favorite music, or watch television program.
5. Maintain record of your blood pressure. Make a chart and monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis. Every few months get your cholesterol tested. Visit your doctor regularly and keep a track of your medical report. Always keep your medicines ready in stock and take them as advised by your doctor. When you keep all your records and information on your finger tips, you can get the best care and medical attention from your doctor and live a normal life.
6. Engage yourself in making strong social relationships. This will help you if you are ill. You will get full support of your family, friends, children and spouse to overcome any challenge you face.
7. Be positive and optimistic. Celebrate life. Enjoy and appreciate every little benefit you come across and see the difference.