A Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Reduce your risk of heart disease.

March 29, 2019 - 3:04 pm

If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, you need to live a healthy lifestyle according to Dr. Vincent Figueredo, a cardiologist at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. He says there are several lifestyle changes you can make that will decrease your risk of heart disease. If you smoke, quit now. According to Dr. Figueredo, cigarettes promote the build-up of plaque in the arteries and disrupt the normal relaxation of arteries, while raising blood pressure. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death from heart disease.

Eating a healthy diet, like the Mediterranean diet,  and living an active lifestyle will also go a long way to protect your heart. Meals filled with vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, and fish are best. Limit the number of processed foods and whole fat dairy. A sedentary lifestyle is never a good idea. Exercise most days of the week and that can include anything that gets you off the couch and moving around. Even ten minute walks help!

You must keep your diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control. Know your numbers! When numbers are too high and are not under good control, you raise your risk of heart disease. Dr. Figueredo also says that depression and stress are important risk factors for heart disease. Consider yoga or mindfulness, or just spend five minutes each day trying to calm down. Your health matters. Your heart matters.