Show Your Heart Some Love

January 29, 2014 by Kathy Nellor

February is American Heart Month and why not make today the day you start showing your heart some love!Your heart will be happy and so will the ones that love you! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new heart attack, and 470,000 had a recurrent attack.

My grandma died of a heart attack at the age of 53, which puts me at a higher risk for developing heart disease -- which means I have to try harder and make sure I’m taking care of myself and making healthy choices. What’s your family history? How would you rate your lifestyle as far as being heart healthy? Now is the time to make up your mind to take some control over your future with lifestyle choices that can protect your heart. Here are some tips that can make a big difference.

  • Don’t smoke, and if you need to quit, turn to a healthcare professional for help and support
  • Improve your eating habits by cutting down on saturated fat, sugar and salt
  • Be more physically active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Learn to be more relaxed and positive
  • Have regular medical check-ups
  • Take any medication you’ve been prescribed to control blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes

Look at the list above – make a pact that you are going to work on at least two of the above.Once you’ve conquered those – pick two more!

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