Positive Steps to Prevent Heart-Related Health Conditions

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women? According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year or approximately one woman every minute.

Cardiology Associates of Altoona’s team of cardiologists are committed to educating and assisting their patients on how to take positive steps to change their lifestyle to help prevent heart-related health conditions and cardiovascular disease.

Eating smart and increasing your activity level can be very pleasant and result in significant benefits for your cardiac and circulatory system, as well as your overall happiness, energy level, and enjoyment of life. A healthy diet, physical activity, smoking cessation, and weight and stress management all play a part in making wise choices for long-term heart and circulatory system health.

Although you may be consuming a large variety of foods, you may not be receiving the optimal nutrition for the health of your heart and your body. Consumption of saturated and trans fats, sweets, red meat, and empty calories should be minimized. It is critically important to maintain a healthy weight, as well. Consider improving your diet and maintaining a healthy weight by increasing your intake of the following types of high-quality, nutrient-rich foods:

• Whole Grains

• Low-Fat Dairy Products

• Nuts & Legumes

• Skinless Poultry & Fish

• A Wide Variety of Colorful Fruits & Vegetables

Maintaining an active lifestyle is one of the best methods of living heart-healthy. Aside from the obvious benefit of curbing obesity, which puts significant strain on your heart, losing weight helps boost your mood, minimize stress, and helps you have more energy throughout the day. No matter what your current fitness level is, getting active can be a fun and easy way to take back control of your life and live healthy. Make sure you speak with your cardiologist or physician prior to starting any exercise program.

If you haven’t exercised for a while or are recovering from a procedure, start out slow. Your cardiologist can provide exercise guidelines to help you manage your fitness program. Any amount of exercise and movement is better than none. One of the simplest and easiest ways you can help improve your heart and vascular system health is to begin a gentle walking program. Walking outdoors is a great way to stay connected to your neighborhood and/or nature. Positive social interaction and exposure to the natural environment can also reduce stress on your heart.

Stress negatively affects all aspects of health, especially your heart. Although impossible to avoid completely, you can learn how to deal more effectively with the stressors in your life. Many people mistakenly believe that smoking minimizes stress. On the contrary, smoking constricts blood vessels and creates an additional burden on your heart. If you smoke, take steps to stop today. 

The highly skilled physicians and staff members of Cardiology Associates of Altoona, L.L.P. specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing a wide range of heart and vascular system diseases, conditions, and issues. Their facility is the premier cardiology center serving all of central Pennsylvania, located between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA. Their services include a full range of cardiac testing and treatments, as well as education, follow-up care, pacemaker programming, specialized cardiac services, and routine office visits.

Take the first step to improving your heart health today! To learn more about Cardiology Associates of Altoona, visit their website at www.cardiologyaltoona.com. To schedule a consultation, please call (814) 942-2411. Their Altoona office is open to serve you Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.