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Love Your Heart! Tips for Keeping a Healthy Heart

February is the home of Valentine’s Day, where we celebrate the love we have for those close to us in our lives. Continuing the spirit of all things love, don’t forget yourself in the process. Self-love is more than acknowledging it; it’s showing it. American Heart Month also occurs this month, and it reminds us that healthier choices are the best way to love your heart and overall health.

Diverse individuals holding their hearts

The Heart of the Matter

The cardiovascular system is comprised of the joint efforts of the heart and circulatory system. Together, they transport oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to all of the cells and organs in the body which they need to function. Heart disease (or cardiovascular disease) is a phrase that encompasses a variety of conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in America, claiming a life every 38 seconds.

Hypertension can lead to heart disease

Most heart diseases are preventable, which is why there is such urgency towards creating awareness of heart-healthy behaviors.

Healthier by Choice

During American Heart Month, the American Heart Association (AHA) partners with other organizations to reinforce the importance of heart health and emphasize the need for more research and efforts to ensure that millions of people live longer and healthier.

Self-care is a conscious act a person takes to promote their physical, mental, and emotional health. Healthy lifestyle changes protect your heart and help your entire body function better. The AHA’s Healthy for Good program is a healthy living movement to inspire lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Move more. Be well. This trifecta of wellbeing is the foundation for a healthier lifestyle and happy heart. They include:

  • Eat smart– A healthy diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils. Also, limit saturated and trans fats, sodium, red meat, sweets, and sugary beverages.
  • Move more– A good starting goal is to move more and sit less. Aim for at least 150 minutes a week. Start by finding forms of exercise you like and build more opportunities to be active into your routine.
  • Be well– Forming healthy habits beyond exercise and diet include getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, managing stress, and connecting socially with others.

Fundraising and heart health awareness events occur all over the country during February. Visit the National Institutes of Health website for resources for healthier living, social media outreach, and exploring a listing of events.

Synergy Healthcare is currently seeking individuals to join cardiovascular studies looking into new options. Celebrate American Heart Month by helping advance medicine as a clinical research volunteer. Call us at (941) 896-4948 or visit our website to learn more!


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