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As Heart Health Month comes to a close, we want to leave you with different ways you can live a heart-healthy life. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. You don’t have to live in fear of a diagnosis if you make simple lifestyle changes.
One of the biggest factors when it comes to diagnosis is the lack of a heart-healthy lifestyle. This is your main and best defense against heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks. Here are some easy ways to implement simple changes in your everyday lives.
A healthy diet is one of the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease. The food you eat contributes to so many factors when it comes to your health. They include:
So, what does a heart-healthy diet look like? Choose foods that are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients but are also low in calories. Your diet should have a large emphasis on vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
It’s easier than you think to implement a heart-healthy diet into your lifestyle. Take small steps each week to improve your nutrition and move towards your healthiest eating habits. The following foods should be the foundation of your new diet.
Small changes to your day-to-day diet end up having big impacts on your health. Try incorporating at least six of our eight goals into your diet over the next six weeks. Try incorporating one new goal each week.
After implementing changes to your diet, lifestyle changes come next. These changes can range from quitting smoking, to limiting alcohol intake, to making sure you get enough physical activity each week.
Smoking can raise your risk of heart disease and heart attack and even worsen other ischemic heart disease risk factors. Talk to our doctor about programs and products that can help you kick this habit. You can learn more about the importance of quitting smoking by visiting the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Fat lodged in your arteries is a disaster waiting to happen. This blockage could trigger a heart attack or a stroke. If you need to lower your cholesterol, consider reducing your intake of saturated and trans-fat, cholesterol, and start implementing an exercise regimen.
LDL cholesterol levels should be less than 100 mg/dL. Levels 100 to 129 are acceptable for people with no health issues but may be more concerning for those with heart disease or heart disease risk factors.
If you have high blood pressure, shake your salt habit, take your medications as recommended by your doctor and get moving. An optimal blood pressure reading is less than 120/80 mmHg.
Make sure you are physically active every day. According to the American Heart Association, at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and keep your weight at a healthy level. Here are some great ways you can get active.
A few studies have found a correlation between coronary heart disease risk and stress in a person’s life. These factors can also affect the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
We all have stressors that affect our lives – work, family, home life. Knowing how to manage these factors are key to living a healthy, stress-free life. There are some ways you can manage your stress from the AHA.
A healthy lifestyle is important for avoiding the diagnosis of heart disease or experiencing a heart attack. At Greenville Ob/Gyn, your health is our number one importance. Our doctors and midwives can help you create a plan to start living your healthiest life. Schedule your appointment today.