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The Best Foods for a Healthy Heart

The Best Foods for a Healthy Heart

Heart disease is something that affects many women out there, and there is no shortage of people going to see a cardiologist over matters such as chest pains, high blood pressure, shortness of breath and more. A cardiologist can consult on these types of issues, however it is also a good idea for us to do whatever we can within our power to protect our heart when we can.

We’ve listed some healthy foods that can help you on your way to a healthy heart.

Fatty Fish

Fish such as salmon, sardines, and tuna that are full of Omega 3 – have many health benefits according to cardiologists London based. This includes protecting your heart. The fatty acids could reduce your risk or heart failure and stroke – and also help towards irregular heartbeats. It’s good practice to have a serving of fatty fish twice a week. You could do this very simply – for example instead of having a chicken salad, make it a canned tuna salad.

Nuts and Seeds

Research shows that statistically handfuls of nuts can not only cut heart disease, but also reduce the risk of cancer. They are full of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, can lead to lower cholesterol levels – and won’t cause you to gain weight. There are lots of nuts and seeds that you can add in to your diet such as: almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts sesame seeds and others.

Blueberries

Blueberries have lots of health benefits. Due to the fact that they are low in fat, have no saturated fat, and a fantastic source of vitamin C and fibre – they are associated with reducing the risk of a heart attacked. Blueberries taste great and are packed with flavour – so make sure you include them in your next fruit salad.

Beetroot

The juice from beetroot has nitrates that could help improve your blood flow as well as your ability to exercise. The benefits are mainly found in aerobic type exercises such as cycling or swimming. Research shows that heart failure patients could have the same type of benefits as it does athletes. A recent study showed that 2 hours after patients drank beetroot juice – there was an increase of 13% in terms of power in muscles that extend the knee.

Oranges

This juicy fruit is also great for your heart. They are known for reducing blood pressure, heart failure and cholesterol. This is due to the fact they contain vitamin C, potassium, choline and fibre. These are also really easy to incorporate into your every day life. You could have freshly squeezed orange juice, orange in a fruit salad and more. Grapefruits also have these benefits.

If you are in any way concerned, there are lots of cardiologists that will be able to help you. For example, for those based in the UK’s capital, there’s this London based heart specialist who is experienced in dealing with arrhythmias, chest pain, high blood pressure, blackouts and much more. If your heart problems are impacting your day to day life and are worsening, you need to get in touch with someone like this as soon as possible. Also, as you can see above, there are some actions you can take to try and maintain a healthy heart – to try and avoid any ongoing issues.

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