Your heart is amazing—it sends blood, oxygen, and nutrients to every part of your body. Many health concerns get pushed aside during the pandemic, but your heart can’t be one of them. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, eat a heart-healthy diet, and take any medicine your doctor has given you. Read on for our complete guild to heart health.
Heart attacks can look and feel different for each person. Symptoms might include pain, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, and feeling lightheaded. Some people describe the feeling as “strange,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.” If you think you or someone else might be having a heart attack, call 911. Even if you think it might just be heartburn or a pulled muscle, make the call. Heart attacks are scary, but many are preventable. It may be time to consider a heart attack risk screening from ICA Cardiology.
When you walk regularly, your heart becomes stronger, your blood moves through your body better, and your lungs can take in more oxygen. Exercise can also help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and feel happier. Check with your doctor first if you have heart problems or you haven’t exercised recently, and start slow if you need to—every little bit helps! Stuck inside? Try a treadmill with a cool walking video app. Keep reading for more tips on how to start your walking routine.
It’s normal for your blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays high, you may be at greater risk of a stroke or heart attack. Most people can’t feel high blood pressure (called hypertension), so it’s important to check it regularly. The good news is that there are many ways to treat high blood pressure. Losing weight (if needed), eating less sodium, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol may be enough to get your blood pressure under control. If not, you might also need to take pills. Learn more about high blood pressure and how to treat it. If you have questions or think you may have high blood pressure, contact the cardiology specialists at ICA Cardiology by calling (713) 790-9125 today! Our specialists are highly trained and provide expert cardiology care to patients throughout Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.
We all know that regular exercise is an important part of heart health, but how should you choose the activities that are right for you? The best fitness plan is the one you stick with. Is the gym your second home? Do you enjoy a brisk walk through the park? Are you the competitive type? Some people like a class environment or music to stay motivated. Others prefer time in a quiet yoga studio or a trail hike with their dog. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise. These simple questions can help you choose a plan that fits with your personality and lifestyle.
There’s more to battling cholesterol than just lowering your cholesterol numbers. It’s really about lowering your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. There are lifestyle changes you can make and medicines called statins that will help you win the fight. This guide helps you plan how you might eat heart-healthy foods and get active. It also discusses the risks and benefits of taking statins, who they are recommended for, and other medicines your doctor might prescribe.
First, get the go-ahead from your doctor, and then lace up your sneakers and start walking. It’s one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Regular brisk walking can help strengthen your heart, lower your blood pressure, and improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Find out how to start walking regularly and stay motivated.
Switching to a heart-healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to be perfect all the time, and you definitely don’t have to change everything you eat all at once. Make one or two little changes at a time—add servings of fruits and vegetables, eat more fish, and limit sodium. These small steps can make a big difference in your health. Find more tips to help you switch.
Most of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke-like smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure—are the same for women and men. But things like pregnancy-related problems or medicines such as hormone therapy can raise a woman’s risk. Find out the unique risk factors for women and how to reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke at any age.
Diabetes raises your risk of heart disease. Managing diabetes and reducing your risk of a heart attack or stroke go hand in hand. By making a few changes in your daily routine—eating healthier, staying active, managing stress—you’ll take a big step toward controlling your diabetes and reducing your risk of heart disease. Look here for ideas about living with diabetes and improving your heart health too.