Would you like to improve your heart health? Making a few lifestyle changes and visiting your Arlington, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America can help you protect your heart.
Make a few dietary changes
A healthy diet not only keeps your weight under control but may also reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Make sure your diet includes:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Fish and lean poultry
- Low-fat dairy products
Snack on fruits and vegetables rather than on foods loaded with sugar or carbohydrates. If you eat red meat, enjoy it in moderation, and choose lean cuts when you visit the grocery store.
Avoid saturated and trans fats like butter, margarine, shortening and lard. Consuming these fats may raise your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) level. LDL is commonly known as the "bad" type of cholesterol.
Increase your activity level
Exercise helps strengthen your heart and lungs and offers a natural way to lower your blood pressure and your blood sugar. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week, in addition to two days of moderate-to-high intensity muscle-strengthening activity every week.
Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other diseases. Vaping isn't any safer than smoking. Using e-cigarettes may alter blood flow to your heart and raise your levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol.
Keep risk factors under control
Do you take your blood pressure, diabetes or cholesterol medication every day? If not, you may be putting your health at risk. If you skip dosages due to side effects, let your Arlington doctor know. It may be possible to prescribe a different drug that doesn't cause these side effects.
Excess pounds can also affect your heart health. If your weight has slowly increased over the years, now's the time to do something about it. Getting more exercise and embracing a healthy diet can help you shed those extra pounds and keep your heart strong and healthy.
Safeguard your heart health with a visit to Dr. Sohail. Call the Heart & Sleep Clinics of America at (817) 419-7220 to schedule your appointment.