5 Simple Heart Health Tips

December 30th, 2016

Each New Year brings new resolutions: to be more successful at work, to nurture stronger relationships, and – most commonly – to achieve optimal health and wellness. While many resolutions (35% of them, to be exact) are given up on by the end of January, there are some that are well worth sticking to. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle to improve heart health is one of them.

Keep these five simple heart health tips in mind as you venture into 2017:

  1. Choose to lose. If you are overweight, losing as little as 5-10 pounds may reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. Maintaining a healthy weight also helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  2. Quit smoking. Smoking in and of itself increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease. Smokers have a higher risk of developing blocked arteries, which can ultimately lead to heart attack or stroke.

  3. Working out works. Exercising as little as 20-30 minutes each day helps to decrease bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol, reduce triglycerides, and lower blood pressure.

  4. Manage stress. When you live in a constant state of stress, your body is working overtime to return your heart rate and blood pressure to normal levels. Chronic stress can, in time, weaken your overall immune system. If you're suffering from increased stress, the American Heart Association has several recommendations for stress management.

  5. Develop healthy habits. Healthy eating habits lead to benefits that last. Good health begins with good nutrition. Learn about heart-healthy foods and ways to teach good health habits to children to provide them with knowledge for long-term wellness.

For more tips on exercise, diet, and prevention, click here to read up on what our doctors at the Cardiology Group of WNY recommend.