Regardless of whether the Heart CT Profile™ is right for you, there is a lot you can do every day to improve your heart health. Our medical experts believe that a healthy lifestyle and ongoing monitoring of your heart health is the best preventive medicine. Here are some of their top heart healthy tips.
Don’t start smoking, or if you are a smoker stop. Long-term smokers can cut their risk of heart attack to equal that of non-smokers within just two short years of stopping.
Improve Your Eating Habits
Ask your physician, nurse or licensed nutritionist to create a nutritional program that meets your needs. At a minimum, you should avoid fatty foods, load up on fruits and vegetables, and limit your alcoholic intake.
Know Your Body
What is your blood pressure? What is your cholesterol level? Make sure these indicators are within the normal limits. If not, take the appropriate action to get these within healthier levels.
Physical activity reduces your risk of a heart attack and makes your heart stronger. A more active lifestyle can control your weight and blood pressure, or help you relax and improve your mood. Be sure to check with your physician before starting an exercise program.
Know Your Family Health History
If your father or mother died of a heart attack or suffered from heart disease, you are more likely to be at risk and should be more aware of how to control risk factors.
Don’t Ignore Possible Symptoms
It could just be heartburn or it could be “the big one”. Don’t take it for granted that you know what that unexplained chest pain is all about. This is especially true for women who don’t present the classic symptoms of heart disease found among men. Consult your physician and tell him/her about the nature of all your symptoms.
Check For Diabetes
Increased blood sugar can be a factor in the onset of heart disease, especially if you are 50-100 pounds overweight. Consult your physician.