It is American Heart Month!

Featured Author: Contra Costa Living Blog Team

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, which means it is time to pay a little more attention to your ticker. Knowing how to keep your heart healthy can help to ensure that you are able to live a long and healthy life.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of disability, which can prevent Americans from spending quality time with their loved ones. Keep these tips in mind to help keep your heart healthy and happy throughout your whole life.

  • Work with your doctor – make sure to get a regular checkup at least once a year, even if you feel perfectly fine. You doctor will be able to tell you if there are any serious issues that can put you at risk for developing heart disease.
  • Check your blood pressure – checking your blood pressure is very simple and fast. There are typically no symptoms of high blood pressure, and regularly checking your blood pressure can alert you to any issues.
  • Eat a balanced diet – healthy meal choices can help you avoid developing heart disease. Fill up your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables and limit the amount of sodium in your diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – being obese or overweight can increase your chances of developing heart disease. Talk with your doctor to find out what a healthy weight is for your body type.
  • Exercise regularly – physical activity can help to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol low. You do not have to spend hundreds on a gym membership to exercise. Small changes such as taking the stairs at work can help to get your heart rate up.

For more information on how to keep a healthy and happy heart, contact All About Contra Costa in Orinda, California, your local community forum.