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7 Vital Lifestyle Changes to Focus on During American Heart Month

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

When February comes around, people tend to have hearts on their mind as they shop for Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. But February and hearts share a much more important connection: American Heart Month.

Heart disease is one of the top health risks for Americans today, accounting for over 800,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. Heart disease is also undeniably expensive, with heart failure alone accounting for over $14 billion annually in healthcare costs for Americans, with that number expected to rise to $30 billion by 2030. In response, the American Heart Association created American Heart Month to work towards raising awareness for stronger, smarter heart healthcare.

CommandCare is focused on maintaining healthy hearts as well because proper care and treatment for those dealing with heart disease issues can not only help save money, but more importantly, people’s lives. Participating in American Heart Month is a great way to make heart health a priority for 2017 by implementing these important habits and lifestyle changes.

Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Normal blood pressure is critical not just for heart health, but your body’s overall health as well. Talk to your doctor or caregiver about what your ideal blood pressure should be and how often it should be checked.

Watch Your Weight
Another area that affects your overall health as much as your heart’s, maintaining your ideal weight and keeping off extra pounds can go a long way.

Stay Active
Regular exercise that gets your blood pumping is always great for your heart, but also promotes overall health and fitness. Consult with your doctor about a regular routine that fits your needs and capabilities.

Make Smart Dietary Choices
You are what you eat, as the saying goes, so reduce your intake of saturated fats or foods with added sugar to keep your heart healthy. Portion size is also very important; eat just what you need and no more.

Control Your Cholesterol
Just like checking blood pressure, have your cholesterol levels regularly monitored and aim for having less than 200 mg/dL.

Be Careful With Diabetes
If you have diabetes, you could be at risk for heart disease. Staying on top of your blood sugar levels and frequently reviewing them with your doctor is a must if you want to keep your heart in good shape.

Quit Smoking, Forever
Everyone knows that smoking has seriously bad effects on your lungs, but smoking can also lead to significant heart problems, including coronary heart disease.

Once you start making these changes to your everyday living, you’ll be on the road to a healthier, stronger heart. At CommandCare, we know what a difference it can make when you have smart, capable health experts to help you make serious lifestyle changes for improving your health. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-912-5160 today to discuss trusted home care and healthcare staffing services

American Heart Association Day at CommandCare

CommandCare showed their support for the American Heart Association and participated in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3, 2017 to raise awareness for heart disease in women.

Staff Writer, Matthew