February is not only the month for Valentine’s Day hearts, but also the month for caring for and bringing awareness to our incredible organ: our hearts! Happy National Heart Awareness Month from RVC!
This month, we hope you took time to celebrate the impressive and hard working organ that keeps you moving every day. Your veins have the job of carrying oxygen-poor blood from the body back to the heart to become oxygenated and pumped back through the body. Your veins and heart are an important team, so making sure they are a strong unit is crucial. Here are five tips from Multi Care to protect your heart, your veins and make sure you are living life to the fullest!
Tip one: Eat Well!
An easy way to see if you are taking the right steps to healthy eating is to check the menu or grocery store labels for the American Heart Association stamp of approval! Additionally, simply by cutting back on packaged and processed foods, you are taking a small, simple step to taking better care of your heart and organs! Up your intake of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and your body will reward you.
Tip Two: Get a Checkup!
By regularly getting your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked, you are doing your body a HUGE favor. Think preventative and be proactive about your health and vital levels! Regularly visiting your physician is the best way to ensure your health levels and prevent health risks.
Tip Three: Stop Smoking!
Did you know that each cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes? Smokers have more than twice the risk of heart attacks than non-smokers, so taking the step to eliminate cigarettes is literally saving your life. Take the steps to quit to prevent losing your life to the highest cause of death in America, heart disease.
Tip four: Maintain a healthy weight!
Game changer! By maintaining a healthy weight, you are changing your life (and extending it!), and promoting strong overall health…especially for your heart! If you carry excess weight in your waist, you can be at higher risk for heart attack than if you work to maintain a healthy weight.
Tip Five: Stay active!
Making exercise part of your daily routine is one of the best ways to take care of your heart. If you aren’t a regular exerciser, simply adding 5 to 10 of walking to your day, your heart will thank you for years to come!
Follow these five easy steps to a healthy heart from MultiCare and live a happy long life!