Cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States. However, the good news is that up to 80% of heart disease and most chronic health conditions, including hypertension and diabetes, can be improved through healthy lifestyle choices.
The purpose of the HeartSmarts patient education program at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute is to empower participants to live heart healthy lifestyles. When an individual is educated about health and healthy lifestyle choices, the entire family benefits.
Some of the topics that are addressed in HeartSmarts are:
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A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help protect your heart. Avoid too much salt, sugar, saturated fat and trans fat.
Getting at least 30 minutes of regular, daily exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease. Physical activity can help you control your weight and reduce your chances of developing other conditions that may put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Being overweight — especially if you carry excess weight around your middle — increases your risk of heart disease. Excess weight can lead to conditions that increase your chances of heart disease. Reducing your weight by just 3 to 5 percent can help improve your health.
Smoking or using tobacco of any kind is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries due to plaque buildup (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack.
High blood pressure, blood glucose, and high cholesterol can damage your heart and blood vessels. But without testing for them, you probably won't know whether you have these conditions. Regular screening can tell you what your numbers are and whether you need to take action.
Some people cope with stress in unhealthy ways — such as overeating, drinking or smoking. Finding alternative ways to manage stress — such as physical activity, relaxation exercises or meditation — can help improve your health.
Sleep deprivation can do more than leave you yawning throughout the day; it can harm your health. People who don't get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
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