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February-Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month and keeping your heart healthy is essential to your overall health,as well as, longevity. Additionally keeping your heart in good shape means you can be more active and your quality of life will be at its best. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your heart and keep it in top condition, please remember to consult your physician before beginning any changes to your exercise or diet:

1.Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help reduce the risk of heart disease and improve your heart health. General recommendation is for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3-4 days of the week.

2.Healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help keep your heart healthy. Keeping in mind to limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, salt, and added sugars, as well as, any healthy substitutions for individual diet restrictions.

3.Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can put extra strain on your heart. Maintaining a healthy weight through a combination of both diet and exercise can help reduce your risk of heart disease.

4.Quit smoking: Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for heart disease. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health.

5.Limit alcohol consumption: Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of heart disease. If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation.

6.Manage stress: Chronic stress can contribute to heart disease. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as through exercise, meditation, or talking to a friend, family member or medical professional.

7.Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart disease. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.

8.Get regular check-ups: Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider can help identify any potential heart health issues and allow for prompt treatment.

Following these tips, can assist in keeping your heart healthy and help reduce your risk of heart disease. Remember to talk to your doctor about any concerns or questions you may have about your heart health.

Integrative Medical Associates David Graeme Shaw, M.D.

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