To lower your risk:
- Choose a healthy diet – Foods like leafy greens, whole grains, berries, and avocados are well-known for their wealth of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and they also work to lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol, and improve the function of cells lining the blood vessels of the heart.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke – Cigarette smoking raises your blood pressure and puts you at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. If you do not smoke, do not start. If you do smoke, quitting will significantly lower your risk of heart disease.
- Get regular exercise – Exercise has many benefits, including strengthening your heart and improving your circulation. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Limit alcohol – Drinking too much alcohol is known to raise blood pressure. Men are recommended to have no more than two alcoholic drinks per day, and women no more than one.
- Manage stress – Stress is directly linked to high blood pressure as well. To reduce stress, include exercise into your day, listen to music, practice meditation or deep breathing, or take a hot bath with lavender oil.
- Get enough quality sleep – If you don’t get enough sleep, you raise your risk for high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. There are many strategies for improving sleep hygiene including meditation, aromatherapy, supplementation, changing your bedding, removing EMFs and more. Reach out to our office for more information.
Go Red for Women®
Go Red for Women® is the American Heart Association’s global initiative to end heart disease and stroke in women. Launched in 2004 to close the gap in awareness, Go Red quickly expanded into a worldwide movement dedicated to removing the barriers women face to achieving good health and well-being.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Learn what it means to Go Red to lower your risk for heart disease:
G: GET YOUR NUMBERS
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE
Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthily. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK
We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
D: DON’T BE SILENT
Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
Call today to learn about the many ways that we can help support your heart health!