Cardiology Associates of Altoona is committed to the overall health and wellbeing of all our patients. That is why we are asking if you are experiencing a fever, shortness of breath or coughing, please contact your Primary Care Physician and then call to reschedule your appointment.
What are we doing?
- We are cleaning and disinfecting patient common areas, exam rooms, and testing areas
- All of our physicians and staff are practicing extensive handwashing
- When and where appropriate, we wear gloves, gowns, and facemasks
We are asking our patients to practice good hygiene, which includes:
- Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s recommendation
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces, especially commonly used surfaces
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then dispose of the tissue
- Stay home if you are sick other than seeking medical care
Again, Cardiology Associates of Altoona is highly committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff, and their families. If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, please call and reschedule your appointment. Thank you.
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.
“Fall” Into Some Healthy Habits!
After a hot and fun-filled summer, autumn brings to us colorful leaves and colder air that may make being outdoors a little more bearable! If the summer heat was keeping you from exercising, take advantage of the cooler air by exercising outdoors whenever you can to stay heart healthy. If you’re not a fan of going for a brisk walk or run, raking leaves is considered moderate physical activity, similar to a brisk walk! This simple household task can help your upper body and core strength, as well as strengthening your back and stomach, and providing you the important aerobic exercise which helps improve circulation and lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
While working outside at any time of year, particularly when dealing with leaves and other foliage, be cautious of any insects or other critters that have made the leaves their home. For instance, ticks can be found in leaf piles and other litter that can occur in your yard. Lyme disease, which can be carried and transmitted from ticks, can cause devastating effects to your heart. One easy way to protect yourself is to dress properly when outdoors to prevent tick bites. Cover yourself with pants, long socks, long sleeves, and well-fitting shoes, and keep any longer hair neat or tied back. Always remember to check yourself for ticks when coming back inside.
After a long morning or afternoon of yard work, relax and eat a nutritious snack or meal. Autumn packs a lot of heart-healthy foods like Brussels sprouts that provide antioxidants, sweet potatoes that provide beta-carotene, and apples for pectin. These foods and many others can be combined to make delicious and different recipes for you to enjoy. We hope this fall season brings you lots of joy and motivation to work on achieving optimal heart and circulatory system health this season.
At Cardiology Associates of Altoona, we are dedicated to providing educational information to our patients so they can improve their heart health and overall wellness. See below for even more beneficial information to help you maintain your 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 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 healthily. 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.