Happy Valentine’s Day! On a day dedicated to hearts, we want to make sure that yours is taken care of! For the month of February, the American Heart Association (AHA) is continuing to raise awareness for heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, may be preventable with education and lifestyle changes. 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 AHA has a helpful checklist to examine your lifestyle and assess 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 in no time. You can visit https://www.heart.org/ to learn more about cardiovascular health or call us at (404)257-9888 with any procedure related questions.