Positive Steps to
Prevent Heart-Related Health Conditions
Preventive and Post-Procedure Heart & Vascular Health
Prevention of heart-related health conditions and cardiovascular disease involves taking positive steps to change your lifestyle. Whether you are interested in improving your heart and vascular health following a procedure, would like to avoid having to undergo an invasive medical treatment, or simply want to improve your health to live the best possible life, small steps can lead to drastically improved health and well being. At Cardiology Associates of Altoona, our team of cardiologists is committed to educating and assisting our patients to enhance their life quality.
Increasing Your Happiness Level Benefits Your Heart!
Eating smart and increasing your activity level can be very pleasant, and result in significant benefits for your cardiac and circulatory system, as well as your overall happiness, energy level, and enjoyment of life. A healthy diet, physical activity, smoking cessation, and weight and stress management all play a part in making wise choices for long-term heart and circulatory system health. The physicians and staff of Cardiology Associates of Altoona want all of our patients to receive the maximum benefits from their procedures, and have compiled the following information to assist you with maintaining optimal health.
A Healthy Diet is Critical for Heart Health
Although you may be consuming a large variety of foods, you may not be receiving the optimal nutrition for the health of your heart and your body. Consumption of saturated and trans fats, sweets, red meat, and empty calories should be minimized. It is critically important to maintain a healthy weight, as well. Consider improving your diet and maintaining a healthy weight by increasing your intake of the following types of high-quality, nutrient rich foods:
- Whole Grains
- Low-Fat Dairy Products
- Nuts & Legumes
- Skinless Poultry & Fish
- A Wide Variety of Colorful Fruits & Vegetables
Stay Active, Lose Weight, and Live Healthy: Exercise Tips for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining an active lifestyle is one of the best methods of living heart-healthy. Aside from the obvious benefit of curbing obesity, which puts significant strain on your heart, losing weight helps boost your mood, minimize stress, and helps you have more energy throughout the day. No matter what your current fitness level is, getting active can be a fun and easy way to take back control of your life and live healthy. Make sure you speak with your cardiologist or physician prior to starting any exercise program.
Walking: Take the First Step to Improving Your Heart Health
If you haven’t exercised for a while or are recovering from a procedure, start out slow. Your cardiologist can provide exercise guidelines to help you manage your fitness program. Any amount of exercise and movement is better than none. One of the simplest and easiest ways you can help improve your heart and vascular system health is to begin a gentle walking program. Walking outdoors is a great way to stay connected to your neighborhood and/or nature. Positive social interaction and exposure to the natural environment can also reduce stress on your heart. Take the first step to improving your heart health today! Make sure you speak with your cardiologist or physician prior to starting any exercise program.
Tips on How to Deal with Stress
Stress negatively affects all aspects of health, especially your heart. Although impossible to avoid completely, you can learn how to deal more effectively with the stressors in your life. Many people mistakenly believe that smoking minimizes stress. On the contrary, smoking constricts blood vessels and creates an additional burden on your heart. If you smoke, take steps to stop today. Help is available. Some additional tips to manage stress in your life include:
- Take a Few Deep Breaths and Count to Ten
- Walk Away from the Situation
- Go for a Walk in Nature
- Drive in the Slow Lane
- Don’t be Afraid to Say “No” or “I’m Sorry”
- Consider Meditation or Prayer
- Hug a Loved One for at Least 20 Seconds
- Pursue a Pleasurable, Relaxing Hobby
- Play Cards or a Game with Family or Friends
- Join a Club for People with Mutual Interests
To schedule a consultation, contact Cardiology Associates of Altoona at: (814) 942-2411.