In the US, heart disease is a leading cause of death in males and females according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's why it's important to take control of your health and act on the risk factors tors of heart disease that you can control.
Your doctors at Rios Healthcare Associates, Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal, will share with you ways to be proactive against heart disease in Houston, TX.
Cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, all increase your risk of heart disease. If you want to preserve your heart health, it's time to quit smoking. If you're having trouble quitting, discuss it with your doctor and they'll help you develop a strategy. Second-hand smoke can be just as dangerous too, so, keep that in mind.
Monitor Your Cholesterol Levels
Higher blood levels of cholesterol could clog your arteries and stress your heart. During your routine visits, your Houston, TX, doctors can monitor your blood cholesterol levels and manage high levels with medication. You might want to make dietary and lifestyle changes to manage your cholesterol levels.
Stay at a Healthy Weight
Obesity and being overweight could increase your risk of heart disease. Excess fat around your midsection could strain your heart and increase your diabetes risk. Consider losing 5-10% of your current weight for a starter if you're overweight or obese.
Get up and get moving. Physical activity has many benefits for your heart and overall health.
Exercise could help you lose weight and improve your circulation. You could start small because a short 30-minute walk daily could make a difference.
Foods high in sodium content aren't so great for your heart. You might want to cut out processed foods containing high amounts of added sugars. Whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, and fruits are great alternatives.
Limit Alcohol Intake
Consider limiting your alcohol intake to protect your heart. A drink or two a day at most is best.
What healthy habits are you adopting today for your heart's health?
Call (832) 323-9230 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rios and Dr. Neal of Rios Healthcare Associates to discuss your heart health in Houston, TX.