Heart & Vascular Care

Heart healthy tips

Knowledge is strength. That's why we want you to have the knowledge you need to live a long, full life.

Here are a few tips for living a heart-healthy lifestyle:

  • Reduce ​high blood pressure
  • Don’t smoke. If you’re a smoker, get help quitting at our smoking cessation classes.
  • Instead of elevators and escalators, improve your fitness by taking the stairs whenever you can.
  • Park farther away from work, school or the store. This extra exercise adds up if you do it often.
  • If possible, spend a few minutes at lunch walking near your workplace. This may also help you stay awake in the afternoon.
  • Use work around the house (like vacuuming, mowing the lawn, or raking leaves) as an extra source of exercise.

Better diet means healthier heart

  • Use low-fat cooking methods, such as boiling, broiling, baking, steaming, roasting, poaching, or stir-frying.
  • Trim excess fat before cooking meat, and drain fat again when cooking is finished.
  • Buy low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese.
  • Add more fiber sources to your diet, like fruits and vegetables, cereals, breads or whole-grain pasta.
  • Avoid packaged foods that are high in sodium.

Know warning signs of heart problems

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations (when your heart feels like it “skips a beat”)
  • Discomfort, pressure, heaviness or pain in the chest, arm or below the breastbone
  • Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Nausea and/or sweating

Call (574) 533-7476 to learn more about how Goshen Heart & Vascular Center can help you.

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