What You Should Know About Heart HealthheadingContent

Posted on October 07, 2013

heart sitting on a stethoscope listeningDid you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the U.S.? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 600,000 people die of heart disease every year. That’s one in every four deaths.

The good news: You can choose to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle and lower your risk of developing heart disease. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t Smoke –If you do, quit. If you need help, check with your doctor about ways to help you quit.
  • Keep a Healthy Weight – Make sure your diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in fiber. Find out your body mass index (BMI) from your doctor to determine if your weight is healthy. If you’re overweight, ask your doctor for guidance.
  • Exercise – Regular physical activity not only helps you keep a healthy weight – it can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, both key for heart health.
  • Reduce Stress – Get a handle on your stress level. If you’re having a hard time managing stress in your life, check with your doctor.

Your Tenet physician can give you more advice on heart-healthy lifestyle changes you can make. And if you ever need care for your heart, you can turn to Tenet cardiologists, who include many of the best heart specialists in South Florida. To make an appointment click here or call 1-866-654-2362.