5 Under the Radar Heart Health Tips


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is estimated that one person dies every 34 seconds from cardiovascular disease. The number continues to climb as American lifestyles continue to be less healthy as the years go by. How do we stop the heart disease epidemic?

The two most important steps to take and the ones that will make the most impact are a change in diet and an increase in exercise. For a healthier heart, these two steps MUST be taken in some form. To go along with your healthier outlook, there are other under-the-radar tips to try in addition to diet change and exercise.

1. Take Up a Hobby.

Stress is one of the biggest catalysts of heart disease. A hobby that you enjoy (and is not frustrating) can help relieve stress and allow you to escape (or at least not think about) your work, family, or social frustrations. You get bonus points if it is a hobby that involves exercise or movement.

2. Stretch Your Body.

Recent studies have shown that a regular stretching regimen improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure and reduces stiffness in arteries. Good blood flow leads to less damage of artery walls which may mean a lower risk for heart attack and stroke. Make it a habit (or hobby) to be more flexible.

3.  Own a Pet.

Bringing a furry little friend into your home can benefit you much more than providing a purpose and unconditional love. Owning a pet is associated with lowering unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Pets can also make you more active and increase your exercise without you even being aware of it. Visit your local animal rescue today to find that special life-saving buddy.

4. Reduce Your Anger.

This is easier said than done for many of us. One simple way is to leave social media behind and focus on the positive aspects of people and society. Learn to just enjoy the drive without becoming incensed because someone forgot to use their turn signal. Let it go. Take a deep breath and release. You do you.

5. Brush Your Teeth.

It is very important to brush at least twice a day, not just for clean teeth but also for your heart health. The bacteria that causes gum disease has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Don’t give it a chance to affect your body in any way. Brush your teeth and pass down good brushing habits to your children.

February is American Heart Month, a time when we all can focus on our cardiovascular health. Living a heart-healthy lifestyle is a great way to show yourself some love!


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