February is American Heart Month, making it a great time for a check-in or a check-up! So, how’s your heart? [...more]
There are some scary facts out there about heart health, but it’s possible to significantly reduce your risk for heart disease with preventative measures and the right care. There are many small steps you can take to minimize your risk factors for a happier, healthier heart in 2019.
Heart Fast Facts –
- The average human heart is the size of two fists.
- Cardiovascular disease causes an average of one death every 37 seconds in the United States.
- The heart pumps blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels – that’s enough to stretch around the world nearly 3 times!
- A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost eight beats per minute.
- Sitting is an independent risk factor for heart disease.
- Each minute, your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood – that’s 2,000 gallons every day!
Healthy Heart Quick Tips –
- Have a laugh! Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system.
- Kick the habit. People who quit smoking can lower their blood pressure in as little as 20 minutes.
- Get active. Commit to just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day to help lower your systolic blood pressure up to nine points.
- Talk to your doctor. Some medications can come with side effects that make hypertension worse or can lead to bigger issues like blood clots and heart attacks. Regular conversations with your doctor about your health can help you stay on the right track, before small worries become bigger problems.
- Go to bed. People who sleep less than six hours per night are at a greater risk for high blood pressure, high blood sugar, inflammation and obesity.
- Nourish your body. All the foods that you know are good for you – fruits, veggies, lean proteins, whole grains – are good for your heart! Recommit to a healthy diet this February to gain benefits beyond your waistline.
These simple steps will help you start 2019 off right with a healthier heart. While you’re on your journey to better help, Paramount Rx can provide great savings on the prescriptions that you and your family use every day.
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