Tips to Help Strengthen Your Heart and Keep You Healthy!
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: May 22, 2020
When it comes to health your heart really should be a key focus. It is the center of your being, what keeps you going, and every organ healthy and active. With so much health information and misinformation available it can be hard to decipher what’s right and wrong.
Because of this, we wanted to set a few key guidelines down for our readers so you can make the most of your efforts.
#1 If You Smoke – QUIT
Quitting smoking can greatly boost your heart health. Did you know that just 20 minutes after your last cigarette your pulse and blood pressure can return to normal? Along with that, your stroke risk will decrease. Smokers have elevated blood pressure and cholesterol which increases temporarily with every cigarette. And surprisingly 18% of all deaths in America are smoking-related. This is according to the American Heart Association in a 2018 study.
#2 Manage Stress
Stress is one of the top causes of illness and disease. It causes your blood pressure to go up and your body to release adrenaline to help cope. It can make you more susceptible to developing atherosclerosis. You can manage stress by getting in exercise daily, trying to eliminate negativity, and making to-do lists so you feel accomplished and can actually see what you have done as well as keep more focused.
#3 Cardiovascular Workouts
Sometimes referred to as cardio, cardiovascular workouts are anything that gets your heart pumping. Just 30 minutes a day will have you on your way to better heart health. Walking, jogging, weight training, swimming, even yoga!
#4 Healthy Dietary Choices
We really do become what we eat. Eating a diet high in unsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats such as avocados, coconuts and coconut oil, olives and olive oil, and nuts are all heart-healthy beneficial fats. Adding in fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats while eliminating processed foods and chemical-laden sugary treats will get you far.
At Tampa Cardiovascular Associates we have the highest level professional nutrition experts on staff. These cardiologists are also nutritionists and when you combine that knowledge they are a powerhouse working for your health. Give us a call at 813-975-2800 today to schedule your appointment and get on your way to your best life.
Posted by: Tampa Cardio