February is Heart Health Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer. FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH. Make a difference in our community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts checked and commit to heart-healthy lives.
Here are some time-tested heart-disease prevention strategies to initiate:
Eat Fiber - Got veggies? The American Heart Association recommends having a few meatless meals each week and increasing the amount of fiber and whole grains in your diet.
Watch Your Weight - Carrying too much weight is a key risk factor for heart disease, and it affects the majority of Americans — 69 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, according to the CDC.
Exercise Regularly - The American Heart Association recommends getting 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Staying fit can improve your heart health in countless ways, such as helping to lower blood pressure, manage your weight, lower cholesterol, control your blood sugar, and even reduce stress.
Wear a Pedometer - One of the easiest and most convenient ways to help prevent heart disease is by simply lacing up your athletic shoes and heading out for a brisk walk.
Get a Good Night's Sleep - Poor sleep is tied to a number of risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and heart failure.
Stay Positive - "People who see the world optimistically — who see the cup as half-full — may be less likely to develop heart disease, as opposed to people who are more pessimistic, who worry all the time — this causes hormonal responses that may be more likely to lead to heart disease," Dr. Sinatra said.