The Consulting Cardiology team is committed to helping our patients live an active and healthy life. Behavior modifications and eating habits can make a significant difference in your overall heart health. Sometimes even the smallest changes can make a big impact.
Worldwide, heart disease and strokes are the leading causes of death. They’re also the leading killers of Americans, accounting for one out of every three deaths in the United States. But there’s good news, too. About 80 percent of all cases of cardiovascular disease are preventable. This excellent article recently published in the New York Times discusses the key ways to live a longer and healthier life. Read more>
The DASH diet, developed specifically to help lower or control high blood pressure, is associated with reduced inflammation of the heart, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Read more>
A healthy diet plays a critical role in heart health. Cutting out certain foods can reduce your “bad” cholesterol, reduce your triglycerides, and decrease your glucose which minimizes your risk of diabetes. Changes in behavior and eating can increase your “good” cholesterol. Click here to learn more>. Read more>
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 explains how this can benefit heart health. Read more>
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 week to work up to 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Read more>
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 shake here and there adds up, so try substituting the salt shaker with salt-free spices and herbs. Read more>
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 develop.
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, be sure to take your medications as prescribed. Exercise, quitting smoking, and reducing your stress can also be of great benefit in helping to control your blood pressure. Read more >