Heart Healthy Tips
Coronary artery disease causes more than one million heart attacks each
year. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women.
It is important that you know your risk factors for heart disease and
take steps to prevent cardiac events.
Some things are out of our control such as gender, age, family history,
race and being post-menopausal. But there are many risk factors that are
in our control. Controllable risk factors include:
Smoking – Quit Smoking! Smokers have more than twice the risk for heart
attack as non-smokers. To learn more about Jupiter Medical Center’s
smoking cessation program,
Cholesterol – Improve Cholesterol Levels! Know your numbers; discuss them with
your health care provider and understand what they mean.
Uncontrolled Hypertension (high blood pressure) – Control Your Blood Pressure! Over 60 million Americans have high
blood pressure, which is the most common heart disease risk factor. Know
your numbers. If you have high blood pressure, it can be controlled through
diet, exercise, weight management and, if needed, medications. To learn
more about Jupiter Medical Center’s health navigator and how she
can help you,
Physical inactivity – Get Active! People who don’t exercise have higher death
rates and heart disease compared to people who perform even mild to moderate
amounts of physical activity.
Click here to learn about Jupiter Medical Center’s fitness programs.
Obesity – Maintain A Healthy Weight! Excess weight puts a strain on your
heart and contributes to other heart disease risk factors, such as diabetes,
high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Jupiter Medical Center’s
weight management program can help. To learn more,
Eat Right – Adopt a Heart-Healthy Diet! A diet low in salt, saturated fat,
trans fat, cholesterol and refined sugars. Eat plant based foods such
as fruit and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. Jupiter Medical Center
offers monthly nutrition classes. To learn more,
Uncontrolled Diabetes – Control It! If you are struggling with diabetes, Jupiter Medical
Center’s Diabetes Education team can help. To learn more about our program,
Stress – Manage Your Stress Effectively! Stress that is uncontrolled can
lead to heart attack and stroke. Use stress management techniques to lower
your risk. Practice relaxation techniques, learn how to manage your time,
set realistic goals, and try something new, such as massage, tai chi or
yoga. To learn more about Jupiter Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine program,