With February being American Heart Month, Liz Erker, registered dietitian at Signature Medical Group, offers these tips to lessen the risk of heart disease:
- Too much cholesterol in your blood increases your risk. Get tested to learn your total cholesterol, good (hdl) and bad (ldl), and triglicerides.
- Physical inactivity boosts your risk of heart disease even if you have no other risk factors. Try to put in 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week.
- Smokers are up to six times more likely to suffer heart attacks, so don’t smoke. Visit smokefree.gov for tools to help you quit.
- The higher your body mass index (bmi), the higher your risk for heart disease, especially a bmi greater than 30.
- High blood pressure greatly increases your risk. Get tested. To avoid high blood pressure, reduce your sodium (salt) intake. Stay active. Maintain a healthy weight.
- Diabetes puts you at increased risk for heart disease. You can lower that risk by keeping your blood glucose close to the recommended target numbers.
At Signature Medical Group, we want you to maintain a healthy heart. Our nutritionists and dietitians will recommend the proper meals and snacks to keep you on the right path. Our sports medicine experts will recommend a workout schedule to keep you in shape. Make an appointment today to visit one of our specialists.