Feb 08

Get Heart Healthy

Follow these heart health tips.

Eat a healthy diet- eating healthy meals and snacks can help you avoid heart disease. A low sodium diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and veggies is recommended.

Maintain a healthy weight- being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease. Eating smaller portions can help maintain a healthy weight.

Get Active- physical activity is good for you and can help you maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Thirty minutes of moderate physical activity is recommended on most days. Choose activities you enjoy. 

Stop Smoking – smoking increases your risk for heart disease. According to the National Institute of Health, people who smoke are up to six times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist regarding quitting options.

Limit Alcohol Intake- drinking too much alcohol can cause high blood pressure.

Control Cholesterol – your cholesterol should be checked at least once every five years. Talk to your doctor about cholesterol levels.

Manage Blood Pressure – monitor blood pressure regularly. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about levels.

Manage Diabetes – if you have diabetes closely monitor your blood sugar levels. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about treatment options. 

 Medication Compliance - Take all medications as directed by your doctor. Do not stop taking medications even if you are felling better. Do not discontinue medications