A Happy Heart Includes Healthy Living Habits

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death for American women. Stroke is the number three cause of death. To get the most benefit for your healthy heart, choose more fruits, vegetables and foods with whole grains. Select healthy protein. Eat less food with added sugar, calories and unhealthy fats.” (Exercise is your friend. Move daily – YOUR healthy heart depends on it.) – American Heart Association (2016)

Healthy Habits include:

  1. Take all Meds as Prescribed

It is important to take all medicines prescribed by your Medical Provider EXACTLY as prescribed. Often times after feeling well, patients want to stop or miss days taking prescribed medicine. Each medicine is prescribed with your TOTAL health in mind. The regimen is there to help and support your well-being and each has its own purpose.

Do NOT run out of medicine and do not skip or quit when feeling better. Should you want to make any changes or need a new prescription for any reason, consult with your Doctor. He or she knows best.

  1. If you Smoke – QUIT!

One’s risk for having a heart attack is more than twice that of a person who has never smoked. Smoking also increases the risk for sudden cardiac death in people with coronary heart disease.

Having a hard time quitting? Check with your Doctor. Your medical provider can recommend the best method for you to stop smoking.

  1. Manage Your Calories

Recognizing that as we get older losing weight is more difficult; experts recommend you manage the calories intake. Start TODAY! Keeping a journal on your electronic device is a great way to keep track of caloric intake. Too, the old fashioned way with pen, paper and a journal still works.

– To learn more about calorie consumption, visit the American Heart Association site.

  1. Eat a Balanced Diet – DAILY

– Reduce your salt intake

– Choose low fat or fat free milk, cheese and /or yogurt

– Choose reduced fat, low fat, light or no fat dressing. As an alternative, consider squeezing a fresh lemon over your greens instead of using a salad dressing.

– Choose leaner cuts of meat

– Avoid dark meats and remove all skin off of chicken

– Weekly have a “NO MEAT DAY” – Eat vegetables and for dessert try a different fruit in season

  1. Read Food Labels
  2. EXERCISE

– Walking is a great smart start if you are spending too much time on the couch.

By making exercise a part of your daily routine, you will:

– Strengthen heart and lungs

– Improve circulation

– Increase endurance

– Lower blood pressure

And….you may even lose weight

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