Saying no to desserts
Sugary meals and beverages like soda, sweets, and baked goods like cookies and cakes lead to obesity, which is bad for your health.
Sugar boosts inflammation and blood sugar levels, too. That may be the reason why those who consume too many sweets have a higher chance of passing away from heart disease. How much sugar is permitted? Women should have no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day, while males should consume no more than 9 teaspoons.
For this reason, it is especially important for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar. One way to do it is through regular testing (Fasting Blood Sugar and HBA1C).
Avoid eating fried food
You immediately add fat and cholesterol when you fry food in oil. Regularly consuming fried meals causes weight gain, which might cause your blood pressure to rise. Fried meals, according to research, raise the risk of heart disease and heart failure. For a heart-healthy but still delectable meal, bake, broil, roast, or stir-fry veggies with lean meats like chicken and fish.
Avoid drinking alcohol
While drinking a glass of red wine every day may be helpful for your heart, it’s advisable to stop if you have heart conditions. Alcohol has empty calories that cause weight gain and don’t provide any additional nourishment. Additionally, certain heart medications don’t interact well with alcohol.
Have an appropriate exercise routine
Once your condition has stabilized, don’t forget the importance of physical activity. Discuss with your doctor the type of exercise you can do and for how long you can do them. They will also tell you about the warning signs indicating that you’re pushing yourself too hard.
These recommendations are for outpatient heart failure care. Acute Heart Failure is a medical emergency warranting urgent care. Hence, if you have the symptoms of acute heart failure, please go to the hospital immediately.
Learn more about Heart Failure here.