Heart Health Education

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.

Physician Assistant Johanna Cahill shares some helpful information below. She welcomes your feedback at: [email protected]. Make sure to also check out our heart healthy monthly recipes.

DASH diet, developed to lower blood pressure, provides additional cardiovascular benefits

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>

Learn how to pick out seasonal, ripe produce

The American Heart Association shares a short video about how to pick out seasonal fruits and vegetables. Read more>

A Healthy Diet Impacts Your Heart

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 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 explains how this can benefit heart health. Read more>

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 breathing exercises… Read more>

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 week to work up to 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Read more>

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 shake here and there adds up, so try substituting the salt shaker with salt-free spices and herbs.  Read more>

Heart Healthy Pizza Night

  • 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 jarred (not canned) low-sodium pizza sauce and use reduced fat shredded mozzarella sprinkled all over the top. Add your favorite fresh veggies and herbs. Enjoy!   Read more >

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 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 >

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. . Read more>