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Matters of the Heart

What’s Weighing on Your Heart?

February is American Heart Month, a time when all of us can focus on our cardiovascular health.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.  

What is heart disease?

The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects the flow of blood to your heart.  Sometimes heart disease is referred to as “silent”,  because a person may not be experiencing signs or symptoms of a heart attack or heart failure.  There are some symptoms that may be signs of a heart attack or heart failure: discomfort in your chest area, upper back or neck pain, heartburn, dizziness, swelling of the feet, ankles, and sometimes legs, just to name a few. 

Heart Healthy Tips:

  1. Drink lots of water
  2. Engage in some type of physical activity to promote your cardiovascular system
  3. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  4. Get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep
  5. Take time out for yourself
  6. Try meditating or yoga
  7. Talk to your physician to get information about the best practices, procedures, and tests to maintain a healthy heart

Healthy changes can lead to a healthy heart that can lead to a healthy life!