Happy American Heart Month! This month is all about awareness
and education on the very important topic of heart health. To do our part we’ve
put together some simple things you can do to work toward heart health.
- Quit Smoking – Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. There are statistics that show 1/5 off all heart disease deaths are due to smoking.
- Eat Healthy – You are what you eat, which means your diet directly affects heart health. A diet full of fat, salt, and simple carbs is hard on your heart. Instead of burgers and fries reach for fish, nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise – Exercise goes hand in hand with a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise is one of the best ways to keep your heart healthy. You should always consult a physician if you plan on starting a vigorous exercise program. In the meantime, start by incorporating more movement into your daily life by going for walks and taking the stairs.
- Medication – Genetics play a factor into heart health, so if you’re predisposed to heart-related illnesses medication may be the key to keeping you healthy. The important thing to remember with medication is to take it as prescribed by your doctor and adhere to that regimen.
Oftentimes, heart-related illnesses don’t present any
symptoms until a serious incident occurs, so it’s important to be proactive in heart
health, get regular checkups, and take measures to protect yourself.
If you’re overdue for a checkup or just need someone to discuss
some heart health with, come by the clinic. We’d be happy to help you get on
the right track.