The Apollo Story began with the heart. In fact, the group pioneered open-heart surgeries and cardiac catheterization. Its 32 years and 1,55,000 cardiac surgeries later, the quality of cardiac care at Apollo continues to inspire, transform, and lead by example.
The Centres of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Apollo Hospitals is among the largest cardiovascular groups in the world with 14 world-class institutes, over 400 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons and 200 heart stations. Not content to rest on its laurels, the team continues to make strides in Cardiac Care by optimizing contemporary expertise through continuous training, education, and clinical practice.
Pioneers in Cardiac Emergency, Apollo, today, also boasts of the largest fleet of cardiac-equipped ambulances (or hospitals on wheels) and a highly qualified and skilled nursing and paramedical team. With the fastest door to needle time and the best infrastructure, the Apollo group remains the undisputed leader in Cardiac Care.
Twenty Five Ways to Stay Heart Healthy
Heart Disease primarily stems from poor nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle, stress and smoking. These are factors that factors, however, that each one of us can control. Here is a compilation of tips on how you can stay heart healthy.
- Eat in moderation. Stop eating while you are still hungry
- Eat less, but more often. This increases metabolism. Your night time meal must be the lightest
- Crash diets depress and irritate. Dieting also often leads to nutrient deficiencies. Long-term weight reduction cannot happen without exercise. More important than weight loss is fat loss. Therefore, don’t deny yourself the foods you like. Just eat them less often
- Have soup before a meal. You will then eat less
- Fish contains omega fatty acids which is good for the heart. Fruits and vegetables eaten daily lower the risk of heart attacks, while also protecting against cancer. Ensure that you eat plenty of these things
Work towards Prevention
- After 35, have an annual check up to find out and manage your BP, cholesterol and lipids
- Alcohol helps in dissolving dangerous clots in the blood, and can raise the level of good HDL cholesterol. But, it should be consumed in moderation
- Drinking red wine reduces the probability of heart ailments by up to 60%, and also protects against strokes. It is good for the blood, has a positive effect on cholesterol and also against arteriosclerosis
- Stop smoking. Every 10 seconds, someone somewhere is dying of cigarette smoking. In fact, 35% of all heart related deaths are directly related to cigarette smoking
- Frequent blood donation every three to six months, is good for the heart
- Remember, 90% of all situations that cause us stress are and inconsequential. Rather than getting stressed over something that is out of your control, focus on what you can control and work towards the outcome you desire
- Be a dreamer, but set yourself attainable goals. Don’t be a perfectionist. Accepting that you are not perfect, reduces your blood pressure and stress.
- Show emotion (grief, anger, joy). By suppressing your emotions, you increase your risk of heart attack. Share your concerns and stresses. Don’t bottle everything up
- A cheerful, tolerant disposition reduces heart problems. Think positively, be an optimist
- Laughter therapy has been scientifically proven as good for health. Laughter reduces blood pressure, stress, cancer and heart problems
- Anger can be fatal for cardiac patients. Anger counseling can help reduce stress by over 70 percent. Learn to manage your anger
- Faith can prolong your life, it strengthens the immune system. Active religious believers live eight to ten years longer than non-practicing persons
- Carve out some time in your schedule for yourself and your family. You will be happier for it.
- Your work either satisfies you or makes you ill. More than 50% of people suffer from job-related stress. When your job stresses or depresses you-quit or get counseling
- Surround yourself with capable people at work. Learn to delegate
- Too little sleep is bad for the heart. Too much sleep is indicative of depression. Seven to eight hours is ideal. Ensure that you get that much sleep regularly
Stretch your muscles
- Avoid televisions and computers in your bed room. Television is one of the main causes of obesity
- Exercise regularly improves circulation, reduces body fat, reduces blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and reduces diabetes. It also combats stress. Exercise also strengthens the muscles of the heart
- Sex, like exercise must be regular to be beneficial. Twice a week is as good for the heart as exercising every day
- Every day activities such as climbing stairs carrying the groceries, and gardening are good for the heart. Daily household activities such as making beds and cleaning the house cut your risk of heart attack by half
Heart Smart Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What is my blood pressure? What does it mean for me and what do I need to do about it?
- What are my cholesterol numbers? (These include total cholesterol, LDL or bad cholesterol, HDL or good cholesterol and triglycerides.) What do they mean for me and what do I need to do about them?
- What is my Body Mass Index and waist measurement? Do they indicate that I need to lose weight for my health?
- What is my blood sugar level and does it mean I am at risk for diabetes? How often should I return for check-ups for my heart health?
- How much physical activity do I need to do, to help protect my health?
- What is a heart-healthy eating plan for me? Should I see a registered dietician or a qualified nutritionist to learn more?
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- First 64 slice and 320 Slice CT scanners
- 1,25,000 Angioplasties
- Over 80 lakhs Heart Checks
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- Over 5500 pacemaker implantations
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