Heart Health

The Mediterranean Diet

The most comprehensively assessed and consistently supported diet by the medical literature in regard to its benefits on cardiovascular health and reduction in cardiovascular events is the traditional Mediterranean diet. Dr. Norman Roth discusses key aspects of the diet and […]

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Keep “Pizza Night” Heart Healthy

To reduce the fat and sodium intake on your pizza night, try making your own pizza at home. Use a low-sodium store-bought dough, whole wheat English muffin, or a flatbread that has <5% sodium per serving. Top it with a […]

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Shake Off the Shaker!

Did you know that one teaspoon of salt has a whopping 2300mg of sodium? If you are following a low-sodium diet for heart health, you should aim for no more than 1500mg-2000mg of dietary sodium in a day. A little […]

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Stress

For many, the pandemic has created challenges that have brought about physical and mental stress.  Some safe ways to manage stress to keep healthy include: Exercise – aim for 30 minutes most days of the week Meditate or practice deep […]

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High Blood Pressure and Heart Failure

High blood pressure is a common, treatable risk factor for developing heart failure.  Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause the heart muscle to become weak and work less efficiently. Symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath and swelling, can subsequently […]

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Alcohol and Your Heart

Excessive alcohol intake can lead to numerous heart illnesses, including weakness of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), irregular heart rhythms, stroke, and high blood pressure to name just a few.  Alcohol can also interfere with your cardiac medications. Moderation is key, […]

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Prescription for Exercise

Get moving! Exercise can help lower your blood pressure, raise your “good” cholesterol, keep your weight controlled, and help you feel less tired.  Aim for 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity. Start slowly and add time and intensity each […]

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