February is American Heart Month, four weeks dedicated to focusing all efforts on raising awareness of the leading cause of death for men and women–heart disease. Heart health is essential to overall wellness and quality of life, and although genetic factors play a role, heart disease can often be prevented through proper management of and attention to our health. This month show your heart some love!
Here are some heart healthy behaviors that can help you achieve cardiovascular health:
♥ CONTROL YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE. It is important to get your blood pressure checked regularly and take steps to prevent or control high blood pressure.
♥ STAY ACTIVE. Exercise will strengthen your heart and improve circulation.
♥ DON’T SMOKE. Smoking raises your blood pressure and increases your chance for heart attack and stroke.
♥ EAT A HEALTHY DIET. Limiting salt intake, saturated fats and added sugars and increasing intake of fresh fruits and vegetables will help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
♥ MANAGE YOUR WEIGHT. Controlling your weight can lower your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.
♥ GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night will decrease your risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes—three things that can raise your risk for heart disease.