February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association(AHA) is raising awareness this month with their Go Red for Women campaign. It’s important to practice heart health, because heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! According to the AHA, heart disease affects women of all ages and body types, so it’s important to stay vigilant. The best thing you can do is practice a healthy lifestyle, so we’ve got some helpful tips on how to focus on your heart health.

  1. Know your risk. The American Heart Association has a helpful checklist to examine your lifestyle and asses your risk for heart disease.
  2. Schedule a check-up. Your regular physician can measure your blood pressure and cholesterol to get a better grasp on your condition.
  3. Get moving! If you’re inside at work all day, take periodic breaks to walk a lap around the office or take a lap around the block when you get home. The AHA recommends at least 40 minutes of strenuous activity per day. Exercising can help you lose weight and lessen the strain on your heart.
  4. Cut back on foods high in fat, cholesterol and sugar. Carbs turn into sugar when digested, and high blood sugar can damage your eyes, heart, and kidneys. So try a zucchini pasta instead of spaghetti this week!
  5. Last but not least, a heart healthy lifestyle also means giving yourself time to relax. Make time for yourself this week. If we can help you splurge on a fun treatment or procedure for a little something special, give us a call!

It’s very important to lead a heart healthy lifestyle, especially when going through a procedure. Having healthy habits already in place can decrease your recovery time tremendously and have you back to your best as soon as possible.