Heart Health Awareness

February 15, 2024

By Jesse Smith Nurse Practitioner at Parke Health Center

February is Heart Health Month, a dedicated time to focus on cardiovascular well-being. Heart disease is still one of the leading causes of death globally, but the good news is that many risk factors are preventable. Let’s explore heart health and the importance of taking proactive steps to protect your heart.

Dr. Pimentel at Parke Health Center says that “Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, plays a significant role in reducing your risk of heart disease.” He highlights the role of lifestyle choices in heart health. Here are some key insights:

Diet Matters: A heart-healthy diet includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and limited saturated and trans fats. Reducing salt intake is also crucial for supporting healthy blood pressure.

Exercise Regularly: Physical activity strengthens the heart and helps control weight. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week.

Control Cholesterol and Blood Pressure: Regular check-ups can help check cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Elevated levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and high blood pressure are significant risk factors for heart disease.

Quit Smoking: Smoking is a major contributor to heart disease. Seek support to quit smoking if you are a smoker and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.

Manage Stress: Chronic stress can harm your heart. Engaging in relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises can be beneficial.

Limit Alcohol Intake: If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to heart problems.

Know Your Family History: A family history of heart disease may increase your risk. Share this information with your healthcare provider.

Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider at Parke Health or Stratton Medical Clinic are essential for monitoring heart health and assessing your individual risk factors. By incorporating these heart-healthy habits into your lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and enjoy a longer, healthier life. Also, Kit Carson Health Memorial Hospital has Dr. Prevedel and Dr. Rougas, two board certified Cardiologists in our specialty clinic for all your Heart needs.