Healthy Hearts 101

We all do it. We make a resolution for the new year and after a short time, our busy lives get in the way and we tend to throw our resolutions aside. However, some resolutions are too important to let slide. This year, resolve to maintain a healthy heart so you can ensure that you’ll have many more new years to come!

According the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women of all ages. Each year in the United States, more than 750,000 people have a first heart attack, and more than 450,000 who have already had a heart attack will have another. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are just some of the major risk factors for developing heart disease.

It is important to discuss with your physician a plan to maintain your heart health, but in the meantime, consider these ways to lower your risk of developing heart disease. First, make an effort to stick to a heart-healthy diet. Start by lowering your intake of trans fats and refined sugars, and increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish oil.

Try exercising 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes. Make sure you create a fitness routine that suits your abilities and skill level, and don’t forget to make it fun! Staying within the recommended weight limits for your height will decrease your risk of developing heart disease, as obesity is one of the top contributors to cardiovascular issues. Maintain an overall healthy lifestyle by stopping smoking, limiting your intake of alcohol and reducing stress.

For your convenience, WellStreet Urgent Care centers are open 7 days-a-week with extended hours, and we never require an appointment. For more information about a WellStreet Urgent Care center in your neighborhood, visit www.wellstreet.com or email us at info@wellstreet.com. We’ll get you well on your way, fast!

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