Getting Your Heart and Circulatory Health on Track for the New Year
Heart disease claims about 600,000 American lives every year, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. By the time you begin experiencing lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and other heart disease symptoms, it may be too late to combat the disease through non-surgical means. Instead of waiting for symptoms, you should take the advice of West Hills Hospital and resolve in the New Year to make heart healthy strides .
Reduce Stress Levels
Though it’s not clear whether stress is itself a risk factor for heart disease, chronic stress can worsen other risk factors, such as high blood pressure. Stress is a perfectly natural defense mechanism that can be beneficial in small doses. Stress that is sustained for weeks or months can lead to a poor diet, difficulty sleeping, high blood pressure, and numerous other health issues. For the sake of your heart health, eliminate the aspects of your life that cause you undue stress and find healthy ways to relax, such as meditation or long baths.
Watch What You Eat
Highly processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium, cholesterol, and trans and saturated fats can literally clog your arteries. To reduce your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and lean proteins. Instead of eating three large meals every day, consider six smaller meals.
Embrace Healthier Habits
Heavy smoking and drinking can seriously disrupt your heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently. Instead, consider new habits in 2014; you’ll find that regular exercise is a much healthier means of stress relief.
With the help of a skilled doctor, you can make 2014 the healthiest year of your life. Call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000 to obtain useful health information from our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. We’re dedicated to providing excellent care to the residents of West Hills and beyond.