February is National Heart Month: Tips for Improving Heart Health from RMC

Posted 1/30/2019 in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the US. Prevention includes quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising. About 1 in 5 adults get enough exercise to remain healthy. The simplest way to get moving and improve your heart health is to start walking. It's free, easy and can be done just about anywhere, even in place.

Walking at least 150 minutes a week:

  • Helps lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia and Alzheimer’s, several types of cancer, and some complications of pregnancy
  • Promotes better sleep, including improvements in insomnia, and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Improves memory, attention, and processing speed
  • Decreases the risk of weight gain, obesity, and related chronic health conditions
  • Promotes bone health and balance, with less risk of injury from falls
  • Decreases depression and anxiety symptoms
  • Increases quality of life and sense of overall well-being

"If you already suffer from angina (chest pain), high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.,  it’s not too late to reduce your risk factors for heart disease," stated Jane Dzaboff, Employee Health & Wellness Center Coordinator/Clinical Specialist. “Consider Heart Month as your month to start making changes. If you need some guidance, a cardiac rehab program can provide a tailored exercise program, education and advice on risk factor reduction, making smart food choices, smoking cessation, and motivation for changing your lifestyle.”

It’s clear that being more active benefits everyone and helps us live longer, healthier lives. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get moving!

If you need some guidance, make an appointment to talk with your provider about how you're feeling. Certain diagnoses will qualify for a Cardiac Rehabilitation referral. Alternatively, your provider may refer you to join the RMC Bob Holtz Wellness Center, where qualified staff can assist you with lifestyle changes to improve your health.