Valentine’s Day is all about our hearts, so follow these tips to keep your heart healthy for years to come...
Stop Smoking. This is one of the most important changes you can make to improve your health and prolong your life. Smokers are twice as likely to have a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, than non-smokers.
Exercise Regularly. Exercising for 30 minutes most days of the week will improve your overall health, as well as your cardiovascular health.
Reduce Salt Intake. Most of the salt we eat is not from the shaker on the table, but from processed foods, such as breads, pastas and processed meats. Eat foods that are less processed!
Eat Heart-Healthy. A healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent cardiovascular disease. Ensuring that your diet is low in fat, cholesterol and salt and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains decreases your risk of heart disease.
Maintain A Healthy Weight. Maintaining a healthy weight throughout adulthood decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Limit Alcohol Intake. Excess alcohol intake can damage the heart muscle, increase blood pressure and lead to weight gain. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation-limiting intake to 1-2 drinks per day.
Get Regular Check-Ups. Regular visits to your doctor can help control blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar. Chronic, untreated high blood pressure can lead to an increased risk of both stroke and heart attack.
Decrease Stress. By decreasing stress in your life, you will increase the quality of your life and may decrease your risk of heart disease.
Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack. The most common symptoms of a heart attack are chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath and sweating or nausea. The greater the awareness of the signs of a heart attack, the sooner medical attention can be sought.
Educate Your Loved Ones About Heart Health. By incorporating exercise and a healthy diet into your family’s lives, you can keep your Valentine’s heart healthy all year long.