10 Ways to Love Your Heart

Heart disease has probably already touched you or someone you know. More than 82 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease. That is a staggering but true statistic. Because of this, and in recognition of American Heart Month, the Strickland Heart Center at GMC-Lawrenceville is encouraging  everyone to make heart-healthy choices to fight heart disease. So in the month of February (and onward), take time each day to love your heart.

10 Ways to Love YOUR Heart 
  1. Be active. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. If you need help with getting started with an exercise program or if you are a veteran, our trained exercise specialists at Gwinnett SportsRehab can help. 
  2. Eat smart. Enjoy a diet low in sodium, saturated fat and trans fat, and rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains and monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Our registered dieticians at Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center can customize a diet to meet your specific goals.
  3. Don’t smoke. Visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes to sign up for a Freshstart Smoking Cessation class.
  4. Know your numbers. Write down your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index. Discuss with your doctor healthy numbers for you and how to help keep your heart healthy.
  5. De-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.
  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 a doctor 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 americanheart.org for more information.
  10. Follow-up regularly. Keep track of your heart health and risk factors by visiting your doctor regularly for medical checkups.
*This information was provided by The American Heart Association, americanheart.org. 


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