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In February we bring awareness to our hearts, not just in celebration of love on Valentine’s Day but in honor of National Heart Health Month. The heart is a delicate muscle that can be damaged in many ways; many of which are correctable problems and habits. Do your body a favor and start making better lifestyle decisions today that lead to a healthier heart and lessen your chances of heart disease!

Why do we acknowledge National Heart Health Month?

Did you know Cardiovascular Disease, commonly referred to as Heart Disease, is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? This condition begins when a blood vessel becomes narrow or blocked. This can lead to chest pain, heart attacks and strokes.

You are more at risk for Heart Disease if you smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, are overweight, and/or have a family history of serious heart conditions. These conditions often disable the heart from functioning at full capacity. We acknowledge Heart Health Month to bring awareness to this deadly disease that can be preventable.

How can you lessen your chance of Heart Disease?

While many fitness and health trends come and go, it’s important to find the right diet and exercise routines for your body. Stick to routines that nourish your body instead of pushing it to the limit. Overexertion due to intense exercising, paired with under eating will cause even more stress on the heart. Finding and sticking with your healthy routines is a form of preventative health care, which can reduce the risk for heart disease up to 80%!  The American Heart Association & Heart Foundation is an amazing resource for diet and lifestyle recommendations.* Here are some helpful tips we’ve gathered:

  • Achieve & maintain a healthy weight: Walk instead of drive when possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator, set alarms on your phone to stretch and walk around for five minutes every hour when at work
  • Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods: Consume less salt, eat healthy fats – found in nuts & avocado, spinach, berries, olive oil, flaxseed & salmon. All are foods to incorporate into your weekly diet.
  • Limit alcohol consumption: A drink or two is fine, but don’t over do it! Try finding other ways to enjoy time with friends and family.
  • Maintain a healthy mental state: keep your stress level low by spending more time with friends and family, seek out a counselor, try yoga and meditation, think about adopting a furry friend!
  • Get plenty of rest: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night!

 

Heart health is important for everyone, at any age! The sooner you begin to incorporate these healthy choices into your daily routine, the stronger your heart will be, and the better you will feel! Seek Urgent Care If you experience symptoms of exhaustion, loud snoring, a long-lasting cough, swollen ankles or legs, cold sweats, and / or irregular heartbeats. Pop into your local Our Urgent Care any day of the week from 8 am – 8 pm, no appointment necessary!