Get Heart Smart!

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Get Heart Smart!



5 tips to keep your heart healthy!

Eat a Good Diet!

A healthy diet is essential for a healthy heart! Choose foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients, such as fresh veggies, whole-grain bread, lean meats, and unbreaded fish. Avoid organ meats, full-fat dairy products, breaded meat and fish, fried vegetables, and white bread. Sticking to a healthy diet will keep your heart (and the rest of your body) working properly. (Mayo Clinic)

Get Active!

Regular exercise keeps your heart in good shape. Aerobic exercises (running, jogging, and biking) raise your heart and can improve your blood pressure, which takes some strain off of the heart. Strength Training helps all parts of the body, including the heart. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of aerobics and 2 sessions of strength training per week. (American Heart Association)

Watch Your Weight!

Carrying extra weight can cause heart disease, as well as high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure. A study by the medical journal Circulation found that being overweight can weaken the heart's ability to pump blood, eventually leading to heart failure. Dropping a few pounds can substantially lower your risk of heart disease.

Control Your Stress!

Stress has not been proven to directly cause heart disease, but according to the American Heart Association, there is a link between the two. Stress can raise your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels, both of which can lead to heart disease. It can also indirectly lead to heart problems through physical inactivity, smoking, overeating, and other activities we use to forget about our stress. Manage your stress with activities such as yoga, knitting, scenic driving, and spending time with pets - it could help keep your heart going!

Cigarette smoking is known to cause heart disease. The nicotine found in cigarettes can raise your blood pressure and heart rate, decrease the level of blood that reaches your heart, and cause your blood to clot more easily. Around 20% of deaths from heart disease are caused by smoking, and secondhand smoke causes an addtional 35,000 deaths by heart disease every year.

Don't Smoke!

SOURCES: American Heart Association, Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, Mayo Clinic, New Zealand Health Service, United Kingdom National Health Service, Better Health Magazine (Australia), WebMDDesigned by Dario Smagata

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