As February marks American Heart Month, it’s an opportunity to prioritize cardiovascular health and take proactive steps toward a healthier heart. Partnership Carson City is committed to spreading awareness and empowering individuals to make positive lifestyle choices. Here are some key tips to help you maintain a healthy heart:
Eat a Balanced Diet: Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats into your diet. Limit intake of processed foods, sugary drinks and excessive amounts of salt and saturated fats. A heart-healthy diet can lower your risk of heart disease and improve overall well-being.
Stay Active: Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week, along with muscle-strengthening exercises on two or more days. Regular physical activity helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Manage Stress: Chronic stress can contribute to heart disease, so it’s essential to find healthy ways to manage stress levels. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga or engaging in hobbies that bring you joy. Building a strong support network can also help alleviate stress.
Quit Smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. If you smoke, seek support to quit. Quitting smoking can significantly improve your heart health and overall quality of life.
Monitor Your Health: Stay vigilant about monitoring your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider can help detect any potential issues early and allow for prompt intervention.
By incorporating these heart-healthy habits into your lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health and well-being. This American Heart Month, let’s commit to taking care of our hearts and prioritizing our health.
- Mayo Clinic – “Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease” – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-healthy-diet/art-20047702
American Heart Association – “American Heart Month” – https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-is-american-heart-month