Heart Health Tips
On average, more than 2,200 Americans die of heart disease every day. That is why we're making it our goal to provide you with the knowledge you need to get your heart in shape! With February being National Heart Health Month, we invite you to improve your heart health and educate others around you. We've compiled 5 easy-to-follow tips for you to incorporate into your everyday life with ease.
Top 5 Tips to a Healthier, Happier Heart
- Eat a nutritious diet. By focusing on eating more fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (like live oil, coconut, avocado, raw nuts and seeds, ground flaxseeds, and wild fish like salmon), and lean meats you will lower your intake of sodium and added sugars, which often leads to higher blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight gain. Keep track of what you eat, and give your body the healthy energy it needs! Learn more on how to manage your weight, and get inspired with some healthy, delicious recipes.
- Manage your stress. Trying to balance your work, social, and personal life can be difficult and often stressful. Find ways to relieve the stressors of everyday life to keep your mind and body calm. We recommend starting with 10 minutes of physical activity each day and building up from there. We also encourage you to try other stress relieving habits such as reading Bible scriptures, getting enough sleep, and spending time with the people you love. As always, safety comes first. Schedule a cardiopulmonary exercise test before engaging in physical activity.
- Schedule annual check-ups. Make sure you ask your doctor to benchmark your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol during your visit. We also encourage you to ask for an evaluation through a BCM scale, which reviews your weight, water percentage, muscle weight percentage, and fat in other organs. If your results raise any concerns, your doctor will be able to guide you through next steps. Learn more about your cardiovascular health options.
- Get educated! Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack is crucial. If you or someone you love is experiencing discomfort, pain, or heaviness in the jaw or left arm combined with sweating, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath they could be having a heart attack. The symptoms vary for everyone and are often milder in women. In the case of a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Be sure to check out one of our free health seminars for more information. Call our office at (770) 771-5235 to schedule!
- Learn the ABC's. The CDC recommends following the ABC's of heart health to reduce your risk or heart related disease. They are:
- A - take aspirin as directed by your health care professional.
- B - control your blood pressure.
- C - manage your cholesterol.
- D - don't smoke, and actively stay clear of second-hand smoke.