Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, but you don’t have to be one of the statistics. There are many things you can do to improve your heart health, prevent cardiovascular disease, or slow its progression if you have already been diagnosed. This video from Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose offers many tips women can put into practice today to protect their hearts. The following information will also help.
Control Chronic Medical Conditions
Chronic medical conditions, including diabetes and high cholesterol, represent significant heart health risks. By managing these conditions carefully, you can reduce their impact and prevent them from causing heart health problems. If you have a chronic medical condition, follow your treatment plan closely, and have regular visits with your physician to track your progress and make adjustments to your care when necessary. Good blood sugar control, healthy cholesterol levels, and low blood pressure can all have dramatic benefits for heart health.
Smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can do for your heart health. Every cigarette contributes to build-up in your arteries and high blood pressure, and regular smoking makes your heart work harder to do its job. Quitting isn’t easy, but help is available, so talk to your doctor. The good news is that your body begins to heal as soon as you stop smoking, so the impact of past smoking on your heart will diminish over time.
Make Time for You
Women have so many responsibilities to juggle that they often put themselves last. Take a little time out of every day for your health and do a physical activity you love. You will lower your blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight, and improve your mood—all things that may help you protect your heart health.
At Good Samaritan Hospital, we offer comprehensive cardiac care in San Jose , including emergency care for cardiac crises and in-patient treatments for complex cardiac issues. Discover how we can help you maintain a healthy heart by calling (888) 724-2362 and asking about our cardiac care services.