American Heart Month is a great opportunity to learn how you can help prevent heart disease.
The bad news: heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The good news: American Heart Month is a great opportunity to learn about some of the ways in which you can help prevent developing heart disease.
1. Eat a heart-smart diet. Practice portion control, and enjoy "splurge" foods in moderation. Consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables; high in fiber and low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol. In addition, incorporate fish or other good sources of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
2. Exercise regularly. Studies show that by exercising as little as 30 minutes each day you can cut your risk of heart disease. Choose an activity you enjoy from walking to biking to salsa dancing. Try something new every so often to keep boredom at bay. And find an exercise buddy if you need extra accountability.
3. Watch your weight. Eating a balanced diet in combination with exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight. Extra pounds put extra stress on your heart and can raise your risk of developing heart disease.
4. Quit smoking. As a smoker, you are at an increased risk for not only heart disease but some cancers, diabetes and several other diseases and health conditions. Explore the many resources to help you quit for good.
5. See your doctor. There are often warning signs of heart disease. Schedule wellness check-ups, routine screenings and other advised tests to keep tabs on your blood pressure, cholesterol level and overall heart health.
To learn more about heart health, talk with your doctor. If you need to find a doctor, use our online Find a Physician service or call us at 1-855-868-6262. To learn about Medical Center Arlington Heart and Vascular Center, visit us online.