“Heart disease is the large cause of death among men and women, and learning a few strategies for protecting the heart is the most effective way to reduce risks. Here are three ways to a healthy heart that are sure to make a lasting difference,”
Eliminate Smoking - Most people are aware that smoking cigarettes is an unhealthy lifestyle choice. Aside from the smell, stains on the teeth and cost, there are some serious health risks associated with lighting up. But for the heart in particular, smoking is even more of a peril. According to the Mayo Clinic, smoking is the single largest risk factor for developing heart disease that can be prevented. In addition to damaging the heart, toxic chemicals in cigarettes cause the arteries to narrow which can lead to a heart attack. Nicotine causes the heart to work harder, which over time can lead to high blood pressure, another contributing factor to cardiovascular disease. http://www.mayoclinic.com/
Increase Physical Activity - Exercise is simply the best way to keep the body looking great, but it does wonders for the heart as well. Regular physical activity - even light exercise - at least 2 or 3 times a week for thirty minutes or more is an easy, effective way to prevent heart disease. It’s movement that keeps the body fit by maintaining a healthy weight, but it also strengthens the heart and reduces risks of developing other heart related conditions like high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, even diabetes. Luckily, exercise doesn’t have to be limited to the gym: vacuuming, gardening and even shopping can count towards daily physical activity.
Manage Stress With In-Home Nursing Care - According to the Harvard Medical School, caregivers who take care of elderly loved ones at home are more likely to develop stress related cardiovascular disease. Professional in-home nursing care may be a solution for providing assistance both for the caregiver as well as the patient. A qualified in-home nurse can assist in preparing heart healthy meals, engaging a family member in light exercise and taking responsibility off primary caregivers, giving them the break they need to de-stress, relax and care for themselves. The right in-home nurse can provide physical, emotional and medicinal help from the comforts of home on a part time, or full time basis.
American Heart Month is the right time to start making positive heart healthy changes. Adding a few minutes of exercise to a daily routine, exploring in-home nursing to help alleviate stress and assist a loved one in making their own heart healthy choices is a great way to celebrate the heart and take steps towards living a happy, heart-strong life.
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About Firstat Nursing Services
Linnea Goodrich is the owner of Firstat Nursing Services, which is the only Home care Agency in San Diego that is both State licensed and certified by the Alzheimer's Association. Firstat Nursing Services has been providing a higher standard of home nursing, home health and home care services for elderly, disabled and injured people in the greater San Diego area since 1997. To pick up a copy of her free report "Critical Questions You Must Ask Before You Hire a Home Care Provider," Visit, http://firstatofsandiego.com