3. Get sufficient sunlight
Our body needs sunlight to produce vitamin D. In winters, when the days are shorter, people are generally less exposed to the sun. Not getting enough sunlight is thought to play a major role in heart disease and high blood pressure.
A review article in the journal Circulation reported that people with heart disease faced 30-50% higher rates of severe cardiovascular disease or death, when sun-deprived. During the winter months, "there is a change in the ratio of daylight hours to dark hours, which changes the hormonal balance, and the hormones involved, such as cortisol, can lower the threshold for a cardiovascular event," explains Stephen P. Glasser, MD, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Alabama.
4. Tone down the stress
Stress increases blood pressure and puts unnecessary strain on the heart. Especially during winter, when the heart is already at a higher risk, it is crucial to maintain stress levels, not just for the heart, but for your overall health as well.
The holiday season witnesses an increased indulgence in food, drink and merrymaking, which also increases the stress on the heart.
5. Spot the signs
It is always handy to know how a heart attack presents itself. Even if you are unsure about it being a heart attack, have yourself checked by a qualified physician. Effective bystander CPR, too, can be crucial in saving lives.
Healthy eating habits and staying active is the cornerstone of a healthy heart. As a precautionary measure, opt for health insurance to financially safeguard your health.
As the English poet, Leigh Hunt once said, "The groundwork of all happiness is health."