10 Ways to Love Your Heart

Do you love your heart? It's the most vital organ in our body, but often we neglect to take care of it. That's why the cardiologists at GMC encourage you to take the pledge for a healthier heart. Need tips? Check out this list below. What do you think? What are some tips that you use daily that we missed?

10 Ways to Love Your Heart:
  1. Be active. Adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five days per week.
  2. Eat smart. Decrease your sodium, saturated fat and trans fat. Instead, enjoy fruits, veggies, whole grains and monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat.
  3. Don't smoke. Not a smoker? Great! Smoker? Quit. See our classes page to sign up for a Freshstart Smoking Cessation class.
  4. Know the numbers. Write down your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and BMI. Discuss with your physician healthy numbers for you and how to help keep your heart healthy.
  5. Don't stress. Stress can cause us to overeat, be sedentary or engage in other health-risk behaviors like smoking, all of which can increase your risk of developing heart disease. Take control of stress by meditating, writing in a journal or going for a brisk walk.
  6. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight can increase your risk of developing heart disease. Losing even a small amount of weight can help to decrease your risk. (See Dr. Romm talk about this more in-depth on 11Alive's Atlanta & Co. here!)
  7. Evaluate your risk. Age, gender, race/ethnicity, family history and other medical conditions can all increase your risk of developing heart disease. Know which factors affect you and what you can do to reduce them.
  8. Listen to your heart. When warning signs pop up, pay attention to them. By visiting your physician early, your chances of avoiding a serious condition increase.
  9. Know the facts. Read up on heart disease. By knowing about the culprit, you will be better prepared to help prevent and fight it. Visit our online cardiac education library for more information.
  10. Follow-up regularly. Keep track of your heart health and risk factors by visiting your physician regularly for medical checkups.
*This information was compiled from GMC physicians and medical professionals, as well as from the American Heart Association.
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