According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, one life is lost to heart disease or stroke every seven minutes: that’s too many! While not everything is preventable, there are ways to reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your heart health. Here are five you can try right now.
1. Make a doctor’s appointment.
Talk to your doctor about your heart health, risk factors, and preventative measures. Check your blood pressure, and stay on top of it. While you’re there, ensure your doctor gives you the OK to…
2. Pump, pump, pump, pump it up!
Get your heart rate pumping through exercise. Not only does exercise lower your risk of heart disease, you can lose weight, reduce your risk of many cancers, and improve your mental and social health, too! Not sure where to start? A walk with a loved one or friend is a great way to inject some fitness into your day.
3. Download the <30 Days App from The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
This app helps you inventory your health and rank the risk factors most important for you. It takes about 30 days to make the changes necessary to break bad habits and adopt a healthier lifestyle, meaning you’re one app download away from a lifetime of better health.
4. Watch what you eat.
Reduce the salt, turn up the olive oil, and indulge in that dark chocolate! A healthy diet for you may be different than a healthy diet for another, so be sure to talk to a professional to better understand your nutritional needs. Trying to lose weight? Log in and take advantage of LMC’s Weight Management Program through innoviCares.
5. Turn it up!
The music, that is! We know listening to our favourite song can make us feel better, but did you know it can lower your blood pressure? According to a study published in the journal Heart, what matters most when it comes to music is tempo. Researchers noted that faster music can raise blood pressure and heart rate, while slower music had a calming effect. Mozart, anyone?