When it comes to heart health, you might hear your provider talk about your “numbers” – specifics about your health that play an important role in your heart health and determining your risk for heart disease.
If there’s one thing that most Americans have in common, it’s that we live sedentary lifestyles. From commuting to work and spending hours behind a computer, to watching TV or surfing the internet after work, health experts have long warned that we simply sit too much.
When it comes to heart health, you might hear your doctor talk about your “numbers”. What are they talking about? While the heart is a complex organ with a lot of moving parts, there are a few numbers that are particularly important when gauging your heart health.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S. One in four men will die from heart disease.
When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, sometimes laughter is the best medicine. Not only is it free of charge, research shows that laughing can actually strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, alleviate pain and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.
Taking an active role in your health can help you get the best care possible. One step in taking charge of your health is talking to your doctor about medications you are taking, the favorable results of that medication and any potential side effects.
You wake up early, start making breakfast and lunches so you can get the kids fed, dressed and to school on time.
You’re sitting at your desk, and it’s getting close to lunchtime. You’ve got your brown bag lunch in the office fridge but aren’t particularly excited about it. Maybe it’s two day old meatloaf or turkey on a couple pieces of bread. When your co-workers stop by to say they’re headed out to the new burger place, you can’t resist. Eating out is not only tough on your wallet, it can be tougher on your heart.
After a long day at work, it’s easy to go home, kick off your shoes, and grab the remote. While this may help you unwind, it’s not doing any favors for your heart.
Every New Year, and it’s the same promise to ourselves. Lose weight. Eat Healthier. Exercise. And even though most of us will fail to follow through on this resolution (just 8%, according to one finding, achieve their New Year’s Resolution), that failure is not because we don’t want to be healthier. More often, life just gets in the way.
Our priority is making communities healthier. One way we do this is by providing educational opportunities and information that empowers people. Understanding the risk factors, signs and symptoms of certain illnesses and conditions, like heart disease, can have a serious impact on the likelihood of a positive outcome and a strong recovery.
Your heart is one hard-working muscle. It’s a fascinating, giant pump that is working second minute of every day. With it working so hard for you, maybe knowing a little more about your heart will inspire you to work a little harder to keep it healthier.
Taking an active role in your preventative health can be the key to preventing heart disease and managing your risk factors. One of the best preventative measures is an annual heart health check-up. Even if you don’t have a heart condition, it’s crucial to schedule and keep annual exam appointments with your primary care doctor.
There is perhaps nothing more important for the health of your mind and body than consistently getting a good night’s sleep. This is the only time the body gets to truly slow down and relax, and you owe it to yourself and get a good night’s sleep every night.
Sometimes, being bad feels so good. When dinner ends, you can’t help but want a few scoops of ice cream from the freezer. While it’s important to treat yourself from time to time, you want to keep the decadent desserts as a special treat, rather than an every night thing.
Got kids? Then you have a whole list of reasons to get up and get moving!
Things change the older you get. How you took care of yourself in your 20s might be very different from today. That said, it’s important to understand what you should keep in mind the older you get.
When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.
Often we hear about all the things that are bad for our hearts – smoking, diets high in fat, low levels of physical activity. Likewise, we often discuss the things that improve or protect your heart health – exercising regularly, eating well, decreasing stress, and seeking preventive healthcare.
You got your father’s eyes, your grandmother’s laugh, but what about your uncle’s heart disease? While some inherited traits are good, others, like heart disease, aren’t so good. And it’s important to know that your risk of heart disease is strongly linked to your family history.
Thank you for joining us on a 29 Day journey of your heart health. We hope you’ve found the articles helpful, and hope that some of you have learned something you may not have known before.
Taking an active role in your health can help you ensure a long and healthy life.
Manage blood pressure. Control cholesterol. Reduce blood sugar. Get active. Eat better. Lose weight. Stop Smoking.
Welcome to 29 Days of Heart Health. Each day this month, we’ll be posting a new article covering healthy recipes, common symptoms and warning signs, exercises you can do at home and much more.
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