Ten Tips for Heart Health

Ten Tips for Heart Health

Compiled with the help of John Leech, Cardiac Rehabilitation manager at Lexington Medical Center.

~Know Your Numbers.
It’s important to keep blood pressure, cholesterol and weight in check. Here’s what doctors recommend:
Blood Pressure: Less than 120/80
Total Cholesterol: Less than 200
LDL (bad) Cholesterol: Less than 100
HDL (good) Cholesterol: 50 or higher
Body Mass Index (BMI): Less than 25

~Eat Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean Diet, which focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, olive oil, herbs and spices, and limits processed foods, red meat, butter and salt, is recognized as one of the most heart healthy diets.

~Tea Time.
Drink Green Tea. It reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

~Get a Pet.
Pets offer numerous benefits beyond unconditional love. Studies show that owning pets can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and loneliness.

~Smoke Out.
Smokers are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease. Even secondhand smoke can damage blood vessels. The good news? Risks drop dramatically soon after you quit.

~Fish Dish.
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are a wonder drug. They can lower cholesterol and triglycerides, prevent blood clots and reduce inflammation and depression.

~Lady Killer.
More women than men die of heart disease. It’s the leading cause of deaths in women over age 25 and kills more women than all forms of cancers combined. Women lead busy lifestyles with jobs and family, exposing them to more stress and less time for exercise or doctor visits. It’s important that women take time for heart health.

~Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
Risk factors for heart disease that are commonly missed are anxiety, anger, depression and loneliness.

~Walk the Walk.
Investing in a pedometer and walking 10,000 steps a day is one of the healthiest things you can do. Doctors also recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

~Faith Matters.
Studies show people with a strong faith or spiritual belief live longer and healthier lives.

For more information on heart health and the new Lexington Medical Heart Center offering complete cardiac care, visit Lexington Medical Center’s website.

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