What is coronary angioplasty? Vital tips to keep your family’s heart healthy  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Heart problems are increasing at a rapid rate, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk
- Angioplasty is a surgical procedure to restore blood flow through the artery
- Here are some powerful ways that can help strengthen your heart health while also boosting your overall well-being
New Delhi: Legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev on Friday underwent angioplasty at the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi after suffering a heart attack. A press release issued by the hospital said that the 62-year-old former Team India captain is stable now and he is expected to be discharged in a couple of days. Read to know more about the procedure and what your family can do to improve your heart health.
What exactly is angioplasty?
Basically, coronary angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention, is a surgical procedure used to open clogged heart arteries. Doctors usually carry out this procedure after a heart attack. The procedure is often used to reduce chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. During angioplasty, a heart specialist uses a tiny balloon catheter that is inserted in a blocked blood vessel to help widen it and improve blood flow to your heart, as per Mayo Clinic. Health experts said having an angioplasty within the first hours after a heart attack can reduce the risk of complications, and even death.
After the procedure, you should maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle and take medications as prescribed by the doctor. Many patients are able to go home the day after angioplasty. You should also be able to resume your work or normal routine the week after the procedure. Having an angioplasty doesn’t mean, your heart disease will go away, although it greatly increases blood flow through the previously narrowed or blocked coronary artery. Yet, angioplasty, perhaps, has greatly enhanced doctors’ ability to improve quality of life and reduce mortality in millions of people with cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. But, the good news is, there are many things you can do to reduce your chances of having a heart heart attack.
How to keep your family’s heart healthy
It is essential to come together as a family and take care of the heart. Here are some simple tips suggested by Dr Chandrashekhar Kulkarni, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, that will help your family live a heart-healthy lifestyle, reduce the risk of having a heart attack.
- Exercise daily: As a family, make sure you stay fit and active by opting for activities that help you keep your heart healthy. Try running, swimming, aerobics, jogging, yoga, or even cycling. Exercise for at least half-an-hour every day. Also, don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep.
- Eat a nutritious diet: As a family, pay attention to what you eat. Practice clean eating. Try to increase your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, and wholegrain, nuts, seeds, and pulses. Give up on junk, processed, oily, sugary, and salty foods. Try to eat healthy fats and foods dense in omega-3 fatty acids. Stay away from alcohol and smoking.
- Take charge of your mental health: As a family come together and help each other to live a healthy life. Try to uplift each other’s spirit. Discuss what causes stress or any other problems. Spending some quality time with each other can help strengthen the bond. Support each other emotionally. Have a better understanding and communication. Opt for relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation to calm yourself down.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.