February is American heart month - today we'll discuss seven ways to keep your heart healthy
Since this is the last Monday in February I wanted to take time to talk about heart health. Will continue our nutrition as we age series next Monday.
American heart month was established by President Lyndon B Johnson in 1963 under the Presidential Proclamation 3566. We've come away since then!
President Johnson urged the American public to support programs required to bring about a solution to the Nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases. So what are some things we know we can do to keep our hearts healthy?
Exercise and eat healthy
One of the most important things we can do is avoid smoking and using tobacco products. Besides causing lung cancer, smoking may be to blame for one in five cardiovascular disease deaths as it damages blood vessels and heart tissue, lowers the good HDL cholesterol and contributes to high blood pressure. Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States
Hi, everyone! We want to keep our hearts healthy, correct? Hi, Tiffany
Yes! Next on the list is to be physically active every day.
Your heart is a muscle that needs to be worked regularly to stay strong and healthy. Also if you're not burning the calories you eat, you're storing them is fat which means higher triglycerides and bad LDL cholesterol
I quit smoking 10 years ago
Probably one of the best things you've ever done!👏
Yes but my husband hasn’t and he has copd
Sorry to hear that!
#3- Eat a heart-healthy diet that consists of whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish and skinless poultry, nuts and legumes and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Me too. He smokes outside
I am trying to eat healthy
I am so happy to hear tha! Remember small steps, focus on one day at a time.
#4-keep a healthy weight- heart disease is hiring people who are overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight can elevate blood pressure, triglycerides, and decrease the good HDL cholesterol. It can also put you at risk for other serious health conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
And trying to stay active
Good luck with setting your heart healthy goals. Never hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Look forward to chatting again next week!
#5 - keep your blood pressure healthy - high blood pressure is when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. This damages your blood vessels and can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other serious health threats. Keeping a healthy blood pressure reduces the strain on the heart, arteries, and kidneys which keeps you healthier longer.
I get regular checkups and lab draws
#6 Keep your cholesterol healthy. Cholesterol comes from your body and your food. Your body, especially your liver, makes all the cholesterol you need and circulates it through the blood. Cholesterols is also found in foods from animal sources such as meat poultry and full-fat dairy products. Your liver produces more cholesterol when you eat a diet high in saturated and trans fat. So we should try to eat more unsaturated fats such as olive oil, avocados and fatty fish like salmon, and less saturated fat such as red meat and butter.
I inherited high blood pressure and eat a low salt diet and I see my cardiologist every 6 months. My blood pressure is regulated by medicine
My labs are all normal
How many eggs are allowed
WebMD states that you can eat up to seven eggs per week without increasing the risk of heart disease, but various health organizations have slightly different guidelines
As I mentioned before there are two types of cholesterol, good (HDL) and bad (LDL). When too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood it can build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances, LDL cholesterol can form a thick, hard deposit called plaque that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. This is called atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery a heart attack or stroke can result. All adults age 20 or older should have their cholesterol checked. For younger people every 4 to 6 years is recommended but as you age and if you have any risk factors, many physicians recommend every 6 months.
These are all excellent
I don’t get enough exercise
Just like with your diet, set a little exercise goal each day, and it's always helpful to attach a goal with an activity that you already do. For example your goal could be to go for a 5-minute walk after breakfast everyday. Only commit to 5 minutes but if you feel like walking longer, great, but only commit to 5 minutes.
I have allowed Covid to turn me into a couch potato
I was told by my doctor that I have plaque on my aorta. How do I get rid of that
That's definitely a question for your doctor.
Good idea about setting goals
Thank you Tiffany
You are very welcome!!
The heart foundation is a great resource if you're interested in looking at their website. That is where most of the information I shared with you today came from. Stay well
Stay well, everyone
Thank you, you too