Be Proactive Against Heart Disease

In 2020, almost 700,000 people in the United States died from heart disease.  That is 20% of all deaths. Heart Disease in Houston, TX is a killer and something that you need to be proactive about. Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal at Rios Healthcare Associates are accepting new patients and can help you by answering any questions you have about your lifestyle.


The American Heart Association recommends that you start slowly if you have not been exercising regularly and work up to 30 minutes a day of exercise on most days. Aim for 150 minutes a week. If you enjoy group exercise, that is great, but if you don't have time for structured exercise, no problem. There are lots of ways that you can get the exercise you need. Grab a leash, take your best friend for a stroll. If you don't have a dog, grab your significant other or your kids. If you work from home, move while you are taking calls, dance while you are cooking or cleaning. Just get moving and keep moving. It's good for your heart.  


You are what you eat and there are small changes anyone can make to their diet that can help to get healthy and to stay healthy. Keeping your weight at a healthy level is important not only for your general health but for your heart health. Learning to make better choices will help.  When choosing cooking oil, choose the ones that have more of the fats that are better for you, like corn, canola, olive and peanut oil. Eat more complex carbs, fruits and vegetables. Choose leaner cuts of meat, use less salt and sugar and, above all, make sure your food tastes great, so you enjoy it. All this can help with heart disease in Houston, TX.

Family history

It is very important to know your family history of health issues and heart disease. Some heart conditions tend to run in families and if you are aware that you are at higher risk, you can take the necessary precautions to be proactive.

Manage stress

Stress is a killer in more ways than just heart disease, and it is important for your long term good health to manage it.

Get enough sleep

Never underestimate the value of getting enough sleep. Your good health and heart health depend on it.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Smoking and tobacco should be avoided at all costs.

Contact Dr. Rios and Dr. Neal of Rios Healthcare Associates if you are suffering from heart disease in Houston, TX. Our office can be reached at (832) 323-9230 seven days a week and walk-ins are welcome.