Your Heart Needs TLC
It’s February, which means American Heart Month, and while heart health is important year-round, this month is a reminder to focus on cardiac well-being. Your heart is critical to your daily life, so make sure that you go out of your way to treat it right!
Heart Health Tips
How can you optimize hearth health in your daily life? There are three main priorities to keep in mind:
- Medical care
One of the most important things you can do to optimize your well-being is to choose heart-friendly foods. A diet incorporating Mediterranean-style meals is a good starting point. Eating fish, which is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, and berries are better choices for supporting heart health than dairy products and red meat.
Once your nutrition is under control, it’s time to nail down your exercise routine. First, pick an exercise routine that you can sustain. Rigorous training sessions at the gym might be beneficial, but if you can’t consistently complete them, they might turn into an obstacle to heart health. You should exercise daily, preferably for at least 30 minutes. Walking around the block every day is a good way to ease into healthy living.
Finally, no heart-friendly lifestyle is complete without routine medical care. Your heart health isn’t something to leave to chance. Visit a medical professional regularly to screen your heart for any potential issues before they turn into more serious problems.
Nervous about your heart screening? Don’t be! The process is much quicker than you might think.
Heart Health Screenings
Heart health screenings are routine and generally predictable. Make sure to collect any relevant information about heart issues in your family history before your visit so that you can easily share that information with your doctor.
Once you’re at the appointment, you can expect the following routine health checks:
- Blood pressure screening
- Cholesterol screening
- Blood sugar screening
- Weight screening
At Community Access Network, our team of compassionate professionals will administer these tests and talk to you about your lifestyle. We can assist you with making simple changes to optimize your heart health.
Are you ready to take heart health to the next level? Reach out to Community Access Network today at 434-818-7880 to schedule your heart health screenings.