Cardiologist and spokeswoman for the Hear Her Heart campaign,
Renee Sangrigoli, MD says.......
Have you heard? There's some great news about heart disease! Much of it is preventable. Learn to live by these simple principles and improve your heart's health.
Don't smoke or use any kind of tobacco product.
If you smoke, seek out some professional assistance to help you quit. Your heart, your lungs, your entire body will thank you.
Eat heart healthy.
Today more than ever, nutritional information is abundant and readily available. Recipes that are heart healthy and delicious are easy to find.
Take the time to understand the nutritional quality of what you are eating. Make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables-the markets are stocked with them year round.
Maintain a healthy body weight.
Even five extra pounds puts greater stress on your heart. The higher your weight, the higher your risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.
Take a stroll, jog, take the stairs, ride a bike, walk the dog... move, move, move! It doesn't really matter what you do to elevate your heart rate, but aim to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day.
Know your health history and your numbers.
Make sure you have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels evaluated every year. When you do have your numbers, write them down for easy reference.
Pass it on....
Include your family and friends in your efforts to become healthier. Make your health and the health of those you love a priority in your life.
By living a healthy lifestyle, you prevent more than just heart disease. Your overall well being benefits from the healthy decisions you make every day.