Let’s find out the top 5 ways how to protect your heart!

February being Valentine’s month is also not just about romance but a great time to stop and think about how you are treating your own heart! It is one of the most important organs of our body and if it stops, everything else does too!

Hearts work 24/7 non-stop and beats 2.5 billion times in the life of a human being. Hence it needs the right nutrition and exercise to keep it fit and fine all the time. The job of the heart is to provide oxygen as well as nutrition to the rest of the body so the blood circulates well, and the body can perform all its activities normally.

If you are prone to heart-related diseases, here are the top 5 tips that can prevent them and make your heart healthier.

1. Eat healthy: Avoid any packaged, processed food and focus on fresh veggies, fruits, fish and nuts. Reduce sugar and salt in your diet as much as you can.

2. Weight Management: Ensure that your weight is right as per the BMI. If you need help in reducing weight, consult one of our physicians here at West Cary and they can guide you on reducing those pounds off. You can also focus on exercising at least 30 minutes per day at least 3 times per week.

3. Avoid smoking and reduce alcohol/caffeine: Smoking puts more pressure on your heart and builds fat in the arteries as well as reduces the HDL which clears the arteries. As regards alcohol/caffeine, having in moderations seems fine by the physicians.

4. Sleeping on time: If you are not sleeping well, it can put a further strain on your heart and increase cortisol which is a hormone that can increase the possibility of a heart attack.

5. Stress Management: Find ways during the day that help you reduce stress levels in your life such as deep breathing, listening to music, reading, meditation, yoga, or any other forms of exercises.

If you are following a healthy lifestyle, you can definitely prevent heart diseases. And if you need more help, give us a call today and fix an appointment with our doctor to discuss how to protect your heart.