Friday, 22 July 2016

Important Diagnostics To Maintain A Healthy Heart

According to the World Health Organisation, heart ailments account for a large number of deaths around the world. With an estimated 23.3 million deaths by 2030, care for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases becomes all the more important.

Cardiovascular diseases involve disorders of heart and blood vessels, which can be prevented by following a balanced diet, regular exercise, avoiding smoking/alcohol and getting regular checkups. There are simple techniques available today to check if your heart is functioning properly or you have a heart disease or not. Following diagnostic test will help you monitor your heart health and prevent it from any disease.


In this test, cardiologists monitor your heart rate, its rhythm and regularity. They check if each pulse measures up to the heartbeat that pumps blood into the arteries and the amount of blood circulation to multiple organs of the body. 

You can easily check your pulse and know whether your heart is pumping blood normally or not. Put your index and middle finger on the inner wrist of the arm, below the base of the thumb. You will feel pulsing; count the number of taps in 10 seconds. Multiply that number by 6 to calculate your heart rate.


Medical professionals use stethoscope to listen to your heartbeat. They evaluate the sounds made by opening and closing of your valves to determine the heart’s functionality.


Blood pressure is the pressure exerted in the arteries by the blood when pumped to different parts of the body by the heart. It never remains the same. It floats according to your age, emotions, daily activities and the medications you take. One time high does not assure of a bad heart functioning. Hence, it is important to check blood pressure at regular intervals to find out your average BP value.


Your cardiologist can examine your heart through blood tests or physical examination. He can check your eyes, legs, skin or arms to tell you about your heart’s function. Checking hearty through blood tests includes monitoring cholesterol levels.

Apart from diagnostic tests, you need to implement healthy eating habits, follow an exercise regime to reduce the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases. 

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