Protect Yourself from Heart Disease
By Cardiology Associates of Morristown
September 25, 2017
Category: Cardiac Health

Think you don't have to worry about heart disease? More people die from the disease than from all types of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. Mark Blum, Dr. John Edward Cosmi and Dr. Ira Freilich, your Morristown, NJ, cardiologists, share a few tips that will help keep your heart healthy.

Eat a healthy diet

Improve your heart health with a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts and fish. Consuming saturated and trans fats can increase your heart disease risk. You'll find saturated fats in red meat, pork, poultry with the skin, hot dogs, whole, cheese, butter and other foods. Trans fats are found in cookies, cakes, doughnuts, deep-fried foods, fast food, chips, crackers and other snacks.

Exercise often

Keep your heart strong by exercising at least 2 1/2 hours per week. Choose aerobic activities that elevate your heart rate, such as walking or swimming, and combine them with muscle-strengthening exercises at least two or three times a week. Exercising can reduce your risk of developing several diseases and conditions that can harm your heart, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Stop smoking

Smoking can increase your risk of heart disease by:

  • Raising your blood pressure and heart rate
  • Clogging your arteries with plaque
  • Damaging your blood vessels

It's never too late to quit smoking. As early as two weeks to three months after you quit, your heart attack risk begins to drop, notes the American Lung Association.

Reduce stress

Do you smoke, drink or eat too much when you're stressed? Those habits increase your risk of heart disease and are often ineffective in relieving stress. Your Morristown doctors want you to get a little exercise instead. Although exercise is an excellent natural stress reliever, any activity that helps you relax and isn't unhealthy can protect your heart from the damaging effects of stress.

Protect your heart health by making a few lifestyle changes and visiting your doctor for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Are you concerned about your heart health? Call Dr. Blum, Dr. Edward Cosmi and Dr. Freilich, your Morristown, NJ, cardiologists, at (973) 889-9001 to schedule your appointment.

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