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.