We all know that a good diet (think fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes) and regular exercise are solid tenets to put us on the path of good heart health, but there are several ways cardiologists say can help us take even better care of our heart.

Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has four of these heart-healthy tips.

 

  • Arm Yourself With Knowledge

 

Be sure you’re aware of any family history regarding heart problems and attend all your regular check-ups with your doctor. Family history and having regular lab work will make it easier for a physician to raise a red flag about a potential warning sign before it causes problems.

 

  • Make Your Eating Habits Good for the Long Run

 

Fad diets, cleanses, or other quick-fix trends are likely not to work in the long run. Before you consider one of these diets, ask yourself if it’s something that you would be able to sustain for years on end. It’s easier to just make regularly eating healthy foods a part of your routine.

 

  • Manage Stress

 

If you cannot manage your stress levels, it can eventually cause damage to your heart due to a rise in heart rate and blood pressure. The key is to find what takes your stress levels down. This could be meditation, regular exercise, yoga, breathing exercises, or spending quality time with friends and family. 

 

  • Read Food Labels

 

Don’t just assume something is healthy if it’s low in calories. Read food labels so you’re aware of how what you’re eating contributes to your daily allowance of things like calories, protein, carbohydrates, sodium, and more. For instance, most Americans consume 3,400 milligrams per day of sodium, while the American Heart Association says that daily number should be no higher than 2,300 milligrams. Carefully look at the labels of prepackaged foods and study the nutritional information of restaurant food, as those are usually areas where sodium is prevalent. 

 

To learn more about Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit https://holliswood-center.facilities.centershealthcare.org/