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World Heart Day: Give your heart the care it deserves
According to some rough estimates, heart disease claims more than 12 million lives around the world each year. However, most deaths are due to unhealthy life style.
"Often, many of us are unwittingly heading for a heart attack due to faulty life style. We must keep on getting our blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels, body-mass index (BMI) and diabetes tested periodically and eat wisely and exercise adequately to keep things under control," said Deepak Arora, a Delhi-based medical physicist in response to the query how to keep the heart healthy.

He advised total avoidance of smoking and exercising enough to keep the BMI below 25 and keeping the waist line around 35 inches, but never allow it to get it more than 40 inches.

These two things are easy to measure at home and linking them to amount of physical activity and eating habits, he suggested. He stressed the need for daily 30-minute brisk walk to keep fit.

Also, periodical tests for blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol levels are needed. According to him high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can develop without any symptoms, and if we are not getting regular tests done periodically, we can cause substantial damage to our health.

The World Heart Day is being observed today (September 29) coordinated by the World Heart Federation (WHF) to help people 'to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives'.

The WHF said, "Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it's easy to give it the care it deserves."

The health of our heart is in our own hand by adopting healthy life style and doing 30-minitue exercise or physical activity every day.

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