Tips for a Healthy Heart
  1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
  2. Regular physical activity will help. Get the right balance. Make a point of getting outside and moving around for at least 30 minutes every day.
  3. Control the couch potato temptations. Regulate the amount of television, computer activities and video games you
    engage in.
  4. Good food helps a good heart:
    • Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Avoid fast food and fried food, and eat in moderation.
    • Lower or cut out salt or sodium
    • Take omega-3 fatty acids as in fish oil and nuts, which are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
  5. Get your cholesterol levels checked.
  6. Get your blood pressure checked.
  7. Get your blood sugar checked. Controlling and preventing diabetes reduce the risk of heart disease.
  8. Don't smoke.
  9. Reducing anxiety helps.
  10. See your doctor with regularly scheduled visits.
  11. Report unusual feelings, such as a racing heart, chest pains or feeling faint, to your doctor.
  12. Call your doctor if you have any questions.

The medical information in this article is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact your physician.