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Your heart takes care of you every day, but are you taking care of your heart? Cardiovascular diseases cause more deaths than any other illness. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that one in four American deaths is linked to heart disease. February is American Heart Month. In honor of American Heart Month, take some time to incorporate healthier habits. Here are 5 ways to show your heart some love during American Heart Month:
- Eat heart- healthy foods: Your diet plays a huge role in your heart health. Start by controlling portion size, including more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and more home cooked meals.
Some good foods to incorporate into your heart- healthy diet include:
- Green tea
- Leafy greens
Some foods to avoid include:
- Red meat
- Sugary drinks and sweets
- Fried food
- Visit your doctor: Awareness is key when it comes to heart health. By going to your doctor regularly, you will be aware of your overall health and risks. It is important to be aware of your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar numbers. If these numbers are not what they should be, your doctor will discuss possible solutions. Even if you feel healthy, visit your doctor at least once a year for a checkup.
- Get your heart pumping: Physical activity is great for your heart health. For overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes. Find an exercise activity that you like so it is easier to stick with your schedule.
- Manage your stress: Happy life, happy heart. Learning to manage your stress can be challenging, but it is very beneficial to your overall mental and physical health. Too much stress can be hard on your heart. But a good laugh keeps your heart healthy!
- Take medication as prescribed: Talk with your doctor about cholesterol and blood pressure medications. If you are prescribed these medications, it is important to take them as directed to ensure their effectiveness.
At Paradise Living Centers, our nurse and caregivers work closely with our residents’ families and physician to help manage their health daily. Heart healthy meals are cooked fresh daily, daily exercise schedules, daily medication alert system, and other amenities are in place to ensure optimal heart health in each of our residents. For any additional questions about services and the care we provide, please visit our website or call us at (480) 878-4112.