In 2012, the World Heart Federation zeroed in on September 29, to be celebrated as World Heart Day across the globe to underline the importance of the early recognition of heart disease and raise awareness among the public. In 2017, cardiac disorders ranked topmost among non-communicable diseases accounting for 54.6 million heart patients in India as per the study on Global burden of disease by published in The Lancet. World Heart Day is a reminder to take some time out of our busy lives to take care of the tireless organ in our body- the heart and address various factors that can pose a risk to its functioning in the long run.
About Heart Diseases Worldwide
According to a study published in the journal of American cardiology, between 1990 and 2016, cardiovascular death rate in India rose alarmingly by 34%, while in the U.S it declined by 41%. 62.5 million years of life were lost in India due to underlying heart conditions in 2016, a figure that is more than 5 times that of the U.S. People with a heart disorder are 12 times likely to die and 6 times likely to be hospitalized if they are infected with Covid-19, reveals a study conducted by the U.S Center of Disease control.
This not only highlights the high mortality rate of heart patients but also the importance of regular testing, monitoring as well as other preventive methods. So, whether it is a lack of exercise or healthy diet, excessive alcohol or tobacco use, or even the management of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and stress that is putting you at a higher risk for developing a cardiovascular problem, this International Heart Day is an opportunity to reverse the damage.
Simple ways to care for your heart
Protecting your heart from the development of a high risk cardiac condition in the future requires some simple changes to be incorporated into your day to day life. These include:
- Eating healthy:
Refined and processed foods that include take-aways, ready-to-eat and canned products are high in salt, sugar, oils and fats that do more harm to your body than you can imagine. These could lead to sharp spikes in your blood sugar level, increase bad cholesterol, putting you at risk for heart disease. Rather,eat fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, low-fat dairy and foods rich in fibre to build a healthy heart
Say no to a sedentary lifestyle this World Heart Day and instead, practice any form of exercise that you are comfortable with. Go for a morning or evening walk in the park or a jog, do yoga, aerobics, pilates, or go swimming. A few minutes of physical activity strengthens the muscles of your heart and boosts circulation promoting heart health
If you are prone to sleepless nights and insomnia, you should urgently address this problem, rather than ignoring it. Try to set a sleep routine and take at least 8 hours of sound sleep in the night. Your heart will thank you as it can function to its optimum after you have rested well
Say no to smoking:
Smoking is not only hazardous for the lungs but it also affects heart health. Say goodbye to cigarettes and tobacco consumption in any other form to stay away from cardiovascular complications
Finally, this International Heart Day, find ways to deal with stress and anxiety that have become a norm in everyday life . Whether it is deep breathing exercises, meditation or a hobby that you love, practicing any of these can restore your heart back to normal
The importance of insurance
Sudden detection of a heart disease not only leads to a toll on your mind and body but also leaves you grappling with finances, given the rising costs of medical treatments in India. In such a scenario, purchasing health insurance at an early age not only saves you from financial liability, but also provides access to best healthcare services right from the diagnosis to hospitalization, surgery as well as post-operative care.
You can generally opt for covers for critical illness, emergency treatment, accidental death, temporary or permanent disability for enhanced protection at any extra cost as well. Cashless facility saves you from running from pillar to post during a medical emergency arranging for finances and assures that your family’s health is prioritized.
This International Heart Day, zero in on a health insurance plan available on Finserv MARKETS and choose from a wide range of sum assured amounts as per your needs. You also get access to quality medical care at a widespread network of more than 6500 hospitals all over India with the added convenience of cashless facilities.
All the expenses starting from those before hospitalization or after it, diagnostics, medicines, organ donation as well as maternity and newborn baby are taken care of. A high claim settlement ratio of 94% allows for faster processing of claims raised by you within 60 minutes, so that you do not have to go through any inconvenience.
Enjoy benefits on policy reinstatement, free health check-ups after 3 years, no medical check-ups for those below 55 years of age as well as sum insured restoration for same illness. You can also opt for add-on covers and top-up your existing cover as well as renew your policy online within a few minutes. So protect your heart and put your health first, this World Heart Day with health insurance available on Finserv MARKETS.
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