Five tips for heart health

Tip #1

Stay Away from Tobacco Products
According the American Heart Association, smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death, especially including chronic heart disorder, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Simply put, the best way to ensure a healthy heart is by living life smoke-free.

Tip #2

Exercise Regularly
In addition to making drastic changes to the waistline, physical activity has been linked to increasing happiness and reducing stress levels. Staying physically active can seem like a never-ending struggle at times, but it is well worth the time – and the sweat! Medical research has gone to show that even as little as 15 minutes of daily physical activity can greatly reduce the risk of heart attack or heart failure.

Tip #3

Stick to a Healthy, Balanced Nutritional Lifestyle
When it comes to nutrition, making great food decisions will be the impetus to living a happy and healthy lifestyle. Though it can be incredibly hard to shake poor nutritional eating habits that have been instilled for years, making small changes can make tremendous changes to your overall health. Choose lean proteins, nutrient-dense vegetables, small amounts of fruit, and healthy fat sources, such as nuts, seeds, or oils to create a solid, nutritional foundation.

Tip #4

Get Quality Sleep Daily
Sleep deprivation can have serious implications on your health. Without proper sleep, you can have a higher risk of obesity, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, or depression. While adults are recommended to get anywhere from 7 to 9 hours per day, infants are recommended to have at 15 hours and young children should get anywhere from 10 to 14 hours.

Tip #5

Seek Regular Check-Ups with Your Physician
Perhaps the greatest tip of all, patients are always recommended to receive regular and consistent check-ups with their primary care physician or cardiologist. Regular screening can inform you of your overall health, including susceptibility for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

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