Reducing Your Heart Disease Risks
By Virginia Y. Gonzalez
July 21, 2020
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Heart Disease  

Reducing your heart disease risks often takes consistent planning and lifestyle changes. Stress from the job, an imbalanced diet, and overconsumption of alcohol are all factors in developing cardiac ailments. Visiting Dr. Virginia Gonzalez can put you on the track back to health. An appointment at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center located in the Winnsboro and West Monroe LA areas can help patients maintain wellness.

In between visits with a specialist, there are some things you can do to stave off heart disease:

Eat a heart-healthy balanced diet.

Protecting your heart with nutritious foods is delicious and promotes longevity. Studies have shown that consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid helps to stave off heart disease. Consuming a diet rich in foods like wild salmon, olives, and fresh fruits and veggies is an excellent way to maintain health.

Move your body.

Exercising vigorously can prevent and even reverse cardiac conditions. Getting active 3 or 4 times a week is a great way to get the blood circulating and reduce "bad" cholesterol, otherwise known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Incorporate rest and sleep

Sleep reduces inflammatory markers and pain in the body. Rest is conducive to relieving stress, which leads to better heart health. Doctors recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to encourage suitable bedtime habits. An excellent method to help the body wind down is a warm bath or shower about an hour before bed. Be sure to turn off your electronics at that time, too.

Don’t smoke

Smoking puts stress on the cardiovascular system, but quitting smoking resets the body and allows the heart and lungs to heal the damage that was done by smoking. Cigarette use correlates with a raised risk of stroke and other heart diseases.

If you are interested in obtaining more information or would like to see Dr. Virginia Gonzalez for a pre-existing condition, contact Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in Winnsboro and West Monroe LA at (318) 338-3540 to schedule a consultation.