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Basic ways to keep your heart healthy. Pixabay

As we march forward after the serial lockdowns and finally ‘unlocking’, we now understand that COVID-19 is here to stay. Home isolation, while waiting for this pandemic to end, has already changed our lives, and also impacted heart health.

While the younger generation is busy working from home and online binge-watching, elderly people have become more inactive, and are ignoring their health issues. The fear of acquiring COVID-19 has many people avoiding timely medical advice even in emergency conditions. This has undeniably taken a toll on our heart health.

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Simple lifestyle alterations, if made timely in various age groups can assure that our heart remains fit and healthy – you are never too young or too old – to take care of your heart.

For all age groups, here are some basic principles that go keep our heart healthy.


Regardless of age, a healthy diet is a must for a healthy heart. Increasing consumption of greens, fruits, and limiting the intake of junk food and red meat is good for your heart. Adequate water intake is equally crucial.

A proper healthy diet does wonders for your heart health. Pixabay


Waking up and going to sleep at regular times, taking adequate breaks during the day, and making weekends relaxing will bring a sense of normalcy in your life.


Isolation is known to cause depression, which also affects your Heart. Video-calling your closed ones, having e-get together, joining virtual learning sessions, meditation, and yoga help to let out your stress enormously


Smoking increases oxidative stress leading to blockages in arteries. Excessive alcoholism decreases your immunity and makes you prone to infections.

For ages 30-49 years, which constitutes our working taskforce, who are now working from home, and are gradually setting out to the office, here are some special watch-outs.

During lockdown gaining weight is the new normal. Keep a check on your weight. Pixabay


A European study has shown that 1 in 3 individuals have gained weight in lockdown. Try to maintain a weekly weight and waist circumference record, and keep your BMI between 18.5 and 24.9.


Any exercise is better than no exercise. If you live with family, distribute the home chores, and try to make it a fun activity. Participate in moderate exercises (like brisk walking, aerobics, or dancing) for at least 30 minutes a day.


Timely breaks, inculcating simple hobbies like gardening, reading, or learning a new language can help you unwind.

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For ages 50-69 years, which constitutes those that are particularly vulnerable to new onset of heart ailments, here is some advice.


Avoid sitting for prolonged periods. Simple home exercises and stretching keeps your heart active.


Do not ignore chest pain, undue breathlessness swelling of legs, or dizziness. These could be the indication of your new-onset cardiac illness. Those aged 70 years and beyond need special attention during the lockdown.

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Those diagnosed with heart conditions, diabetes, high BP, high cholesterol should continue their medications. Arrange for regular online consultations and consider measuring blood pressure, sugar levels at home.


Learn the warning signs of a Heart Attack. Early intervention can be life-saving in cardiac emergencies. To sum up, a healthy heart leads to a happy life. As it is rightly said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. (IANS)



Rihanna was summoned from her seat to accept the honour, with the Prime Minister.

Singer Rihanna was honoured by Prime Minister Mia Mottley at an event which marked Barbados's new status as a republic, which was attended by Prince Charles. Addressing the pop star by her real name, the PM said: "Robyn Rihanna Fenty tomorrow morning shall have conferred upon her the order of national hero of Barbados."

Rihanna was then summoned from her seat to accept the honor, with the Prime Minister managing to rouse a laugh from the singer when she referenced her 2012 hit 'Diamonds', reports She added: "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados." "And to accept on behalf of a grateful nation - you can come my dear - ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation." Rihanna, who was born in the St Michael parish of Barbados, found fame in 2005 after being spotted by a record producer and has since gone on to become one of the most successful female artists of all time with sales of over 250 million and recently reached billionaire status through her Fenty beauty brand.

The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)

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