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Did you know that your diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease? Many common heart conditions like heart failure, coronary artery disease, and other heart conditions are preventable.
At Dignity Health of Arizona, you can trust your heart health to our experts. If you want to learn more about a heart-healthy lifestyle in Arizona, Find a Doctor online or call 844.231.0659.
One of the most important things you can do for your heart is eat a healthy, nutrient rich diet. Keep in mind that when it comes to weight loss, how much you eat is as important as what you eat, so keep portion sizes in check. There are a variety of tools available to help you follow a heart-healthy diet, including the DASH diet and smartphone calorie trackers.
For most people, a heart-healthy diet should include:
You also should significantly limit or eliminate a few foods from your diet. These include:
Exercise is also essential in maintaining a healthy heart. If you’ve been cleared by a doctor to exercise regularly, you should aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Routine exercise can:
Some people find it helpful to exercise with a fitness partner, in group, or at a gym. If you prefer to exercise at home, you can stream exercise videos online or use DVDs.
In addition to eating well and exercising, you can make a few other lifestyle changes to benefit your heart health. These include:
At Dignity Health, our expert cardiovascular care team is ready to help you create a lifestyle strategy for heart health and disease prevention. Be sure to discuss diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes with one of our doctors. In particular, make sure it’s OK for you to exercise and talk about which exercises are best for you. A heart-healthy lifestyle along with other screenings and treatments (like medications) can help keep your heart strong for years to come.
Concerned about your cardiovascular health? Try our free cardiovascular risk educational tool. This tool helps you assess your cardiovascular health and educate you on the many ways Dignity Health can assist you in heart disease prevention with humankindness.
Helping at risk patients prevent heart disease, Dignity Health offers heart-healthy lifestyle planning in Arizona.