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5 Tips for Heart Health

Man and Woman Jogging | Heart HealthWith February being heart healthy month Dr. Charkawi doesn’t want to get too deep into March without sharing some tips for maintaining your cardiovascular wellness. Your heart is an essential organ, and keeping it healthy can improve your quality of life significantly. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease costs Americans $300 billion per year due to lost productivity alone. Here are five tips for keeping your heart healthy.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking is terrible for your heart, and it is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. While the process of quitting will be difficult, it is essential for keeping your heart functioning well. You’ll also have an easier time with the tips below if you quit.

Exercise

Exercise does not need to be rigorous to fight against cardiovascular disease; it only needs to be done regularly. Do something for at least 15 minutes three times per week that gets your heart rate up. There is no need to go overboard, and simply walking at a brisk pace a few times during the week can have a tremendous impact.

Visit Dr. Charkawi Regularly

Monitoring is an essential component of maintaining your heart health, and tracking your progress can help you catch problems early. Stick with your regular visiting schedule, and don’t skip appointments.

Manage Your Diabetes

Diabetes can be a pain to manage effectively, but doing so is essential for keeping your heart and the rest of your body healthy. Fortunately, there are more tools available to help you manage diabetes than ever before. If you have a smartphone, take a look at available apps to help you keep your diabetes under control.

Control Your Blood Pressure

Managing your blood pressure can have a tremendous effect on your heart health, some make sure you stick with your goals. While exercise can help, your diet plays an even bigger role. Sticking to a diet can be a challenge, but it becomes easier once you become accustomed to it.

Dealing with heart problems can be difficult, but those who work hard will see positive results. By following the tips outlined above, you can improve your quality of life dramatically and reduce your risk of developing or worsening cardiovascular disease. If you have any further questions, contact our Atlanta area office at Johns Creek Family Medicine.

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