Heart Health Tips

Did you know that your heart beats 100,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body every day? For these reasons, and many more, you need to take good care of this hard-working muscle. Below are some healthy habits to keep your heart in tip-top shape:

  • Don’t skimp on sleep: Research indicates that getting less than six hours of sleep per night can up your chances of heart disease.
  • Add laughter to your day: Studies have found that people with heart disease are less likely to recognize humor or use it during uncomfortable situations, generally laugh less and display higher levels of anger and hostility.
  • Keep moving: Adults who engage in 30 minutes of moderate level activity five times a week reduce their risk of a cardiac event.
  • Fuel up wisely: You truly are a direct reflection of what you use to fuel your body. Aim for more nutrient-rich foods and fewer processed foods.
  • Dump tobacco for good: The benefits of quitting smoking are immediate; within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop and after 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal.
  • Know your numbers and your family history: Make sure your yearly preventive exam is on your calendar!
  • Learn heart attack and stroke danger signs: Recently, there has been a focus on increasing awareness about how women may exhibit different heart attack symptoms than men. Similar to men, the most common heart attack symptom among women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. Some symptoms are more likely to be experienced by women than men, including shortness of breath, back or jaw pain, and nausea or vomiting.