What Can I Do to Lower My Risk of Heart Disease?

February is American Heart Month, designed to raise awareness about the leading cause of death among Americans. Did you know that one in four American deaths is the result of heart disease?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham wants you to know how you can use diet and exercise to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Read on as we explore the topic.

What Is a Heart-Healthy Diet?

There are many steps we can take that can help to boost our heart health. One of them is how we eat on a daily basis.

Eating for better heart health doesn’t have to be complicated. Fill most of your plate with fruits and vegetables and supplement them with whole grains, lean protein, and a small amount of healthy fat. Research has shown that fatty fish in particular can benefit your heart, so include fish in your diet regularly.

Worst Foods for Your Heart

  • Processed and cured meats
  • Deep-fried foods
  • Candy
  • Soft drinks and sugar-sweetened juices
  • Sugary cereals
  • Cookies and pastries
  • Margarine

How Does Exercise Prevent Heart Disease?

Exercise helps prevent heart disease because it gives the heart a workout! It’s true—when you exercise, you’re working your muscles, including your heart.

Exercising regularly can help lower your blood pressure, lower blood sugar and improve cholesterol levels, which can all help in reducing your risk for heart disease. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week for optimal health.

Good Aerobic Exercises

  • Spinning
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Aerobics
  • Dancing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Kickboxing

Are you looking for ways you can improve your heart health during American Heart Month? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today to learn what steps you can take to build a stronger heart!