The heart works hard, beating about 2.5 billion times over the average lifespan. It is a strong and resilient organ, but can be damaged if not cared for properly. Keeping your heart healthy can be a challenge. St. John’s Cardiologist William Mullen, MD has three easy tips to help keep your heart in tip-top shape.
1. Eat Healthy
Eating a well-balanced diet will significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. It is important to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
Reduce the amount of salt, added sugar, and saturated fats in your diet, and limit yourself to 1-2 alcoholic beverages a day
St. John’s also offers nutritional counseling in Jackson, WY to help you get started with a healthier diet. Connect with a registered dietitian to find a coach, or just have your questions answered.
2. Stop Smoking
The earlier you quit smoking, the better. Smoking increases your blood pressure, causes plaque to build up in arteries all over the body, and leads to multiple different forms of cancer.
Talk to your health care provider about methods and medications available to help you quit. It is never too late!
Integrating regular physical activity into your life helps you maintain a healthy weight, reduces stress, and lowers your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times per week.
Small changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, can make a BIG difference.