Major risk factors for heart disease such as cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight and diabetes are within your control. By knowing your risk of heart disease, eating healthy and exercising, you can be on your way to better heart health.
Keep Your Heart In Shape
Regular activity keeps your heart strong and makes it work better. As little as 30 minutes a day increases your life expectancy. In addition to maintaining cardiac wellness, exercise is also known to have a positive effect on:
- Reducing stress
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing/maintaining weight
- Increasing energy
- Increasing good cholesterol
- Maintaining consistent blood sugar levels
The Importance Of Diet
Making healthy diet choices is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your heart. A healthy diet is the cornerstone for treatment in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and managing diabetes.
- Start your day with a nutritious breakfast, and eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day to help protect your heart
- Add more whole grains, fruits and vegetables
- Select healthier fat sources
- Follow a healthy diet to help lower blood cholesterol levels
- Help lower your triglyceride and cholesterol levels by eating two or more fatty fish meals a week (includes salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and lake trout)
- Help reduce your blood pressure and lower a major risk factor for heart disease by pursuing a lower sodium diet with a rich mineral content (includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables)
Determine a healthy weight, and set goals to reach and maintain that goal.
Be Heart Smart
Be sure to learn about your risks for heart disease with EMHC's Heart Smart Cardiac Screening. You can help protect your heart by developing healthy lifestyle habits, with four key components:
- Healthy eating
- Managing stress
- Smoking cessation
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