February is Heart Health Month

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By Colten Cashmore, UWO Health Advocate

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news it is also one of the most preventable by making heart-healthy choices.

Here are some heart healthy choices:

  • Diet
  • Knowing your family history
  • Daily exercise.
  • When eating be sure to try and follow a diet that is low in salt and saturated fats.
  • Avoiding foods with large deposits of salts and fats can drastically help the condition of your heart.
  • To strengthen your heart it is recommended that you are getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week.
  • Having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health is also a great idea when taking preventative action against heart disease.
  • Smoking is also one of the leading causes of heart disease. The nicotine in cigarettes contracts your blood vessels, and carbon monoxide can damage their lining, making them more likely to develop heart disease. Heart attacks are more common in smokers than in nonsmokers.
  • If you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives.

Mayo Clinic Staff. “Heart Disease.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 6 Oct. 2017, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353118.