How to Lead a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
February is American Heart Health Month and the first Friday of February is National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness about heart disease. The risk of heart disease tends to increase with age, but everyone can lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. You should consult with your doctor if you are concerned about your health. Here are a few recommendations for a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Attend check-ups to have your blood pressure checked regularly. Even if you feel fine, it's important to monitor your blood pressure, especially as you get older.
Engage in physical activity, like walking. Try to exercise for at least 150 minutes every week. Check out Seabury's virtual yoga and fitness classes every Wednesday morning.
Eat healthy by monitoring intake of saturated fats, added sugar, and salt. Consuming too much of these can increase the risk of heart disease.
Always follow your doctor's guidance to manage any conditions and take medications as directed.
NIH, June 2018
American Heart Association, February 2021
Kaiser Permanente, January 2019