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Overseas Health Insurance News: Change lifestyle to reduce heart disease risk

Expatriates may wish to make changes to their lifestyle to avoid having to make a claim relating to heart disease on international health insurance policies.

HEART UK nutritionist and registered dietician Linda Main explained people with diabetes or who or overweight or obese have a heightened likelihood of suffering from this condition.

Further risk factors for cardiac problems include a lack of physical activity, high blood pressure or cholesterol levels and smoking tobacco in any form, the expert added.

She noted some issues that impact the chance of having this ailment cannot be prevented, such as gender, age, genetic predispositions and ethnicity.

However, Ms Main argued cholesterol levels can be reduced through abstaining from smoking, working out regularly and by maintaining healthy eating practices.

Diets should have few saturated fats and plenty of wholegrain products, pulses, vegetables and fruit, she declared.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is "a form of good cholesterol, which confers protection" from heart disease, the expert pointed out.

Ms Main said this substance can be promoted through physical activity, as this lowers the level of bad cholesterol and creates a higher proportion of HDL in comparison.

HDL levels are also boosted when individuals quit smoking, she stated, calling these suggestions "simple steps".

Angina is a frequent symptom of heart disease, according to Britain's National Health Service.

This feels similar to indigestion and is frequently triggered by stress or physical activity, with symptoms frequently passing in under ten minutes, it continued.

However, it noted severe angina attacks can cause a "feeling of heaviness or tightness", which can spread across the body and reach the back, stomach, neck, arms or jaw.

Heart attacks are also more likely to happen to people who have heart disease and are considered a medical emergency, as they can be fatal and often require immediate professional treatment.

Symptoms of a cardiac arrest include sweating, nausea, breathlessness and light-headedness, as well as particularly severe feelings of angina.

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