Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, it’s also your responsibility. Start with the ABCs of a healthy heart.
A referral from your provider is not required for an appointment with one of Knox Community Hospitals Department of Specialty Care, Cardiology providers. To learn more about the options available to you, your family and friends email Cardiac.Navigator@KCH.org.
IM FOR A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Good nutrition, controlling calorie intake and physical activity are the only ways to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity places you at risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, a precursor of type 2 diabetes — the very factors that heighten your risk of cardiovascular disease.
E PHYSICALLY ACTIVE EVERYDAY
Research has shown that getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days of the week can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and keep your weight at a healthy level. If you’re doing nothing now, start out slow. Even ten minutes at a time may offer some health benefits.
HOOSE GOOD NUTRITION
Choose nutrient-rich foods — which have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but are lower in calories — over nutrient-poor foods. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole-grain and high-fiber foods, fish, lean protein and fat-free or low-fat dairy products is the key. To maintain a healthy weight, coordinate your diet with your physical activity level so you’re using up as many calories as you take in.