• 6
  • Feb / 2018

Keep your Heart Healthy this Valentine’s Day using these Heart Healthy Tips

  1. Eat a Heart Healthy Diet that consists of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean protein and healthy fats. Make sure you are drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
  2. Don’t Smoke. For resources related to smoking cessation please visit https://smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW
  3. Get Regular Physical Exercise. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise to prevent heart disease and stroke. Getting regular exercise helps lower your blood pressure. Start by doing what you can, even 10 minutes a day can make an impact on your heart.
  4. Schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider. Even healthy adults need to go to the doctor! Make sure you have a comprehensive physical exam once a year.
  5. Minimize Stress. Meditation, or the practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing, has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors.
  6. Know your Family History. Knowing your family’s health history can help you avoid both heart disease and stroke. Make sure you discuss your family history and risk factors with your Primary Care Provider.