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Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 17:32 IST

Can Constipation cause heart problems? Here's how to resolve the condition

Add more fibre intake to your diet such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. A balanced diet combined with sufficient fluid is the key to prevention.

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A Harvard study published in December 2021, sheds light on the intricate connection between constipation and heart-related issues. Constipation might appear to be a trivial concern,  but its side effects extend far beyond irregular bowel movements. Digestive well-being of a person heavily impacts cardiovascular health. It is said that chronic constipation may contribute to an increased risk of heart-related problems. It can lead to heart failure, acute coronary disease or arrhythmia.

So here we are with some solutions to solve your constipation problem.

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Increase fibre intake 

Add more fibre intake to your diet such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. A balanced diet combined with sufficient fluid is the key to managing and preventing constipation.

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Stay hydrated 

Drink enough water as per the requirements of your body and food to soften the stool. Drinking adequate water effectively alleviates symptoms and supports long-term gastrointestinal health.

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Include probiotics in diet

For healthy gut flora, adding probiotics to your diet as it plays an important role in balancing the gut microbiome is essential.

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Regular exercises

Engage yourself in regular physical activity to promote bowel movements and cardiovascular health. Exercise improves our gut health, which improves our immune system, promoting heart health.

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Osmotic laxatives

They are a class of medicines that include products such as milk of magnesia. These laxatives use natural salts, magnesium salts, to draw water into the large intestine, softening and loosening the stool.

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Drink coffee

Consuming coffee can increase the urge to go to the bathroom. This is because coffee stimulates the muscles in the digestive system. It may also contain small amounts of soluble fibres that help prevent constipation by improving the balance of the gut.

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Published December 22nd, 2023 at 17:32 IST

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