Photo Caption: (Left to right) Marci Ross, RN; Gina Cicinella, RN, BSN; Adam Alcaraz, RN, Heart Institute.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), incorporating six pillars of heart health into your lifestyle can make a big difference.
Aim for 150 minutes of movement each week. Go for a walk, do some yoga or take an online fitness class — do something you enjoy so you are motivated to make it a habit.
Think low in sodium and saturated fats when considering food for heart disease prevention. Check out the NHLBI recipes for some heart healthy recipe inspiration.
Being “in the know” is good, especially when it comes to the numbers that affect your heart health like exercise duration, blood pressure, weight and cholesterol. Keeping track of these numbers can help you and your doctor assess your heart health goals.
Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Make sure you are getting good quality sleep and taking steps to reduce stress, which can lead to high blood pressure.
If you smoke (or vape), it’s a good time to think about quitting. Tobacco smoke has harmful chemicals that affect your heart and blood vessels.
Being overweight can be tough on your heart and can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Choose heart healthy food, get regular exercise and plenty of sleep, and talk to your doctor if you have concerns about how your weight could be affecting your heart.
The Heart Institute wishes you a happy and healthy heart month.
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