February is Heart Health Month

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.?  Unfortunately, cardiovascular disease shortens both our quantity and quality of life. While some risk factors are out of our control, there is much we can do to improve our odds of improving our lifespan, as well as our healthspan, a term used to describe the number of years of good health that we have.

What can we do to reduce our heart disease risks? Many things. Even if heart disease runs in someone’s family, we can develop many habits to protect ourselves.

  • Monitor your blood pressure and work with your physician to treat any hypertension
  • Add some colorful veggies and fruits to your meals
  • Add heart-healthy fats such as nuts, avocados and fish to your diet
  • Stay active. Regular exercise is exercise for your heart and helps manage stress
  • Get a pet! A companion animal can reduce stress and help you be more active
  • Get enough sleep. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours nightly, according to the American Heart Association
  • Consider quitting tobacco, smoking and vaping habits
  • See your dentist and dental hygienist regularly
  • Take a CPR class