Heart Disease Prevention

Your path to preventing heart disease

The heart is amazing. The best thing we can do is to treat it that way. By making healthy lifestyle changes, knowing your family history and staying on top of regular appointments, you can bring cardiac and vascular disease prevention to the forefront of your life.

Lifestyle Changes

Every day we can take small steps to improve heart health. Dr. Mary J. Boylan and Dr. Disha Mookherjee share their advice on improving cardiac and vascular health.

  1. Know your blood pressure. If you aren’t sure where you stand, make an appointment with your primary care provider today.
  2. Make time to move. Physical activity is great for controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and even your mental outlook. Aim to do something active daily.
  3. Fill your fridge with goodness. Start with fresh produce and cook from scratch instead of buying groceries that only require you to heat and serve.
  4. Schedule time to unwind. Just as we train our bodies to exercise, we should also train ourselves to calm down and rest. Meditating, focusing on breathing or simply taking time to relax is important.
  5. Know the signs of a heart attack. Women may feel sudden or severe fatigue, sweating, nausea or vomiting, discomfort in their chest, between shoulder blades or in the neck or jaw. Men may experience discomfort or pain in arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, sweating, or abdominal discomfort that may feel like heartburn. The best thing to do when experiencing these symptoms is call 911 right away. Time is muscle when it comes to your heart.

For even more advice on healthy lifestyle, make an appointment to discuss how to prevent heart disease. Because each program is designed for the needs of the patient, the focus and structure of each appointment will change to best suit you. Services may include assessment, education, exercise, nutritional guidance and practical tools to help patients improve and maintain their heart health.

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