5 things your heart wants you to know
Sure, you may hear a lot about heart health, but what does keeping your heart healthy really mean? In short, it means eating right, getting physical activity and knowing your risks for heart disease.
Here are five facts your heart would tell you about staying healthy…if it could.
1. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.
Most people fear cancer or diabetes. These are serious illnesses, but it’s heart disease that kills more people year after year.
Good news—you can take action to reduce your risk of heart disease.
2. Heart disease is not just for old people
Although aging increases our risk for heart disease, it’s a myth that young people are not impacted by this condition.
When you have your annual exam, talk to your doctor about your risk for heart disease and how you can work with him or her to monitor it.
3. Certain foods promote heart health
You probably already know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for your heart health. But, did you know that salmon, nuts and dark chocolate can also help reduce your risk of heart disease?
By incorporating a variety of heart healthy foods in your meals, you create a heart-healthy diet.
4. High blood pressure makes your heart work harder
If plaque collects in your arteries, then your heart has to pump harder to move blood throughout your body. This extra effort causes high blood pressure and puts stress on your heart.
Help your heart by eating low cholesterol foods, such as fruits, vegetables and multi-grain items. Foods lower in cholesterol reduce your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease because they don’t create plaque in your arteries.
Know your numbers. Check your blood pressure regularly. You can attend a blood pressure screening or talk to your primary care doctor.
5. Quit smoking and your heart will thank you
Show your heart some love. Schedule a heart health screening today.