Your heart is the most important
organ of your body. Every day, it supplies liters of blood to different organs,
keeping them healthy and alive. With time, however, the heart becomes weaker
and loses its capacity to take strain just as any other organ of your body.
Excessive smoking and alcohol consumption, stress, depression, processed food
consumption and many other similar lifestyle disorders only add to the
degeneration and exhaustion of heart tissue, which is why it is important to
start taking steps to maintain cardiovascular health right after you cross your
Here are some of the methods that
you could use to evaluate your heart health.
The number of veggie servings you have everyday
puts a great impact on your heart health. Processed, fatty foods are
undoubtedly going to clog your arteries some day. Check if your consumption of
processed foods is more than your veggie servings.
Your belly fat is like a time bomb. Studies have shown
that people having a waist circumference of more than 35 inches, particularly
women, have a much greater risk of dying of heart disease. Ask your doctor if
your waist matches your height-weight ratio.
Resting heart rate:
The RHR, or resting heart rate, can reveal a
lot about your heart health. Try checking your heart rate right after you get
up in the morning. Count the number of pulses you feel in 10 seconds and multiply
by 6; if it falls between 60 and 80, you have a good heart rate.
Heart rate recovery:
Heart rate recovery basically means how fast
your heart rate stabilizes after you've done some moderate exercise. The lower
your heart rate recovery, the better your heart health, and the lower is your
risk of suffering from cardiac disease. Here's how to measure your heart rate
Subtract your age from 220 and multiply by 0.6-this is
your low end of target heart rate. Similarly, subtract your age from the number
220 and multiply by 0.8 for your upper target heart rate. Now, once you start
exercising and reach that 'zone', stop and take your pulse. One minute after
exercising, again take your pulse and then find the difference between the two.
If the number so obtained is equal to or less than 12, you have a healthy heart