Nothing works harder than your heart. at 80 beats per minute, that’s about 4,800 times per hour and 115,200 times per day. imagine how hard your heart works over a lifetime! That’s why it’s important to take care of it — by eating healthy, getting regular exercise, managing stress and seeing your doctor often.
February is National Heart Month, a time when healthcare organizations encourage americans to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. The bad news is that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the country … the good news is that even small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference.
Here are some guidelines from the american Heart association to reduce your risk of heart disease:
Kick the habit. smoking greatly increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
Limit your intake of sugary drinks, red meats, and foods with high salt content.
Get regular exercise. even 2 or 3 hours a week is beneficial.
Drink no more than one alcoholic drink per day.
Talk to your doctor about managing high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Choose an activity to help you manage stress, such as yoga or a daily walk.
(Information provided by the American Heart Association and Web MD.)