Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States.* That’s why AdventHealth is dedicated to raising awareness about ways to help prevent it. While some risk factors such as your age and family history are beyond your control, others are within your power to address.
Start on your heart-healthy path today by incorporating these tips into your lifestyle.
Breathe. Start your morning with deep breathing to let go of stress, concerns and anxiety.
Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout your day by keeping a bottle of water with you.
Stand up. Standing helps with blood flow and may help you live longer.
Eat protein. Protein helps you stay fuller longer and keeps your blood-sugar levels stable.
Stop smoking. Smoking causes your blood vessels to decrease in size and directly contributes to heart attacks.
Sleep. The more the better for rest and recovery. Read a book, listen to music or meditate to help you fall asleep.
Forgive. Stress impacts our heart in negative ways. Forgive someone who has hurt you. You don’t have to tell them, but personally forgive them to help yourself move on and free your heart.
Send love. Send messages of love daily. Try sending an email, text or phone call to show your appreciation and gratitude for someone in your life.
Know your numbers. Knowing your numbers helps you understand your current health status and your risk for heart disease — blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar.
Eat red. Try to eat one red food at each meal. Red foods such as apples, red peppers, strawberries and tomatoes are high in vitamins and fiber.