Cardiovascular disease is a significant health concern for both men and women. Maintaining a healthy heart through simple lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and weight loss can help you reduce your risk of heart disease, as well as many other chronic conditions. Largo Medical Center offers a wide variety of heart and vascular services at our hospital and affiliated specialty centers.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet provides your body with the building blocks it needs to maintain every system, including your cardiovascular system. Reducing calories, sodium, fats, and sugars can also help you to maintain a healthy weight and control your blood pressure, which will improve cardiovascular heath as well. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins in your diet. Keep in mind that healthy eating doesn’t mean never enjoying a restaurant meal or cutting out all the treats you love. Focusing on a few healthy eating goals can help you to slowly change your eating habits while discovering new ways to enjoy the foods you love.
Get Regular Exercise
Exercise is also an important part of maintaining heart health. Regular exercise strengthens not only the muscles, but the cardiovascular system as well. Even if you are new to exercise, you can build up strength and stamina slowly by taking part in low-impact activities such as walking, bicycling, or swimming. Even simple activities such as housework can be considered light exercise. The American Heart Association recommends that adults aim to get either 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise five days a week or 25 minutes of intensive exercise three days a week. Additionally, performing muscle-strengthening exercises three to four times per week can also aid in heart health.
Improving your heart health can lower your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Largo Medical Center is pleased to offer our H2U – Health to You program as part of our goal of improving community health in Largo, FL. Visit our website or contact us today at (727) 470-6826 for additional information about cardiovascular and overall health.