Cardiovascular-Heart Screening

Is Heart Screening Necessary?

A Beating Heart is a Blessing; cherish it by taking care of it. A Heart Screening is a way of taking care of yourself. Heart Screenings determine if you have a heart problem, and what specific treatments are necessary. Regular Heart Screenings allow your doctor to understand your heart conditions, and help you. Doctors recommend everyone getting preventative heart screenings annually after the age of 45 for men, and 50 for women. 

Some of the most common benefits of heart screenings provided by emedicinehealth.com are as follow:

  • Check your heart’s electrical system
  • Check how well your heart valves are working
  • Check your pacemaker or other implanted device
  • See if your heart can handle more exercise

A heart screening can prevent a potential heart attack. Take charge of your Heart-Health today and get your heart screened.

Sources:

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/heart_tests_when_do_you_need_them-health/article_em.htm

http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=screening-cardiac

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Nutrition-Foods

How Heart Nutritious Are You?

Many people know that the diet affects the heart, and who doesn’t want a healthy heart? It can be hard to change eating habits, but certainly it’s not impossible. Here are eight steps from Mayo Clinic to prevent heart disease.

1.Control your portion size

How much you eat is just as important as what you eat! Be cautious of overloading you plate or eating till you’re stuffed. Try using a smaller plate or bowl to control your portions.

2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They are low in calorie, but high in other dietary needs that may help prevent cardiovascular disease.

3. Select Whole Grains

Whole grains have lots of fiber and can help regulate blood pressure and heart health.

4. Limit Unhealthy Fats

Watch out for saturated and Trans fat in the items you eat. It will help reduce blood cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

5. Choose Low Fat Protein Sources

“Lean meat, poultry and fish, low-fat dairy products, and eggs are some of your best sources of protein. But be careful to choose lower fat options, such as skim milk rather than whole milk and skinless chicken breasts rather than fried chicken patties.”

6. Reduce Sodium in Your Food

Too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure. Try eating more fresh foods that have not been processed with salt and making your own soups, rather than soup from a can.

7. Plan Ahead: Create Daily Menus

Put your plans into action! Plan out your meals and snacks and apply the steps mentioned above.

8. Allow Yourself an Occasional Treat

Allow yourself a treat every once in a while. A candy bar isn’t going to ruin your heart-healthy diet. But don’t let it turn into a regular occurrence. Just make sure to eat healthy foods most of the time.

As you incorporate these steps into your life, you will have a more heart-healthy life. Healthy living can be enjoyable with planning and a few minor changes to your diet. 

Source:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-healthy-diet/art-20047702

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How to Stay Heart-Healthy?

Heart-Healthy Exercises

The Idea of exercising everyday sounds amazing, but in reality doing it seems hard. I am sure we all have found ourselves occupied with anything and everything else but exercise.

Most of us start a fitness plan by purchasing a pair of new running shoes or exercise equipment, which usually stay unused. It’s time to change our habits and mindset. Please know that you are not the only one who struggles with it; in this we are all altogether. We don’t have to do an intense workout, such as running a marathon. It all starts with small and simple steps.

Below are some helpful guidelines provided by Cancer.org about how to perform those activities without the hassle of going to the gym:

  • Take a walk outside if it’s a nice day, or walk inside around the house if it isn’t. Walk fast enough to speed up your heart rate and break a sweat.
  • Walk up and down your stairs. Take every other step to give your legs a good workout.
  • Turn on the radio and dance in the house, alone or with a partner.
  • Do jumping jacks or jog in place while you’re watching TV. Try to keep moving for at least 10 minutes.
  • Do squats when lifting and putting away groceries, or when picking up your children. Bend with your knees and keep your back straight so you don’t hurt yourself.
  • Grab an object like a soup can if you’re just starting to exercise or a jug of water if you’re stronger. Bend at your elbows to curl your hand to shoulder level. Repeat 10 to 12 times or until you can’t do it anymore.

Pick one activity and do it, it doesn’t matter which one, as long as you are moving you are getting your workout done. So, Keep Moving, and Keep Staying Heart-Healthy!

 

Sources:

https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/live-healthy/exercise/

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/features/squeeze-in-exercise-at-home

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It’s cold outside!

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Some people hate the cold, some people love the cold and some people just deal with the cold. Everyone has their opinions about the cold but maybe the people who hate the cold have the right idea.

According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine there were 1,647 deaths from 1990-2006 due to cardiac related incidents in the snow.  The combination of cold temperatures and physical exertion increase the workload on the heart so, when you’re doing things like shoveling your driveway, you are increasing your risk of a heart attack.

The cold doesn’t just affect your heart. Here’s a list of other ways the cold affects your health:

  • Frost bite– Frostbite is when ice crystals form inside body cells killing them in the process. Deep frostbite can lead to the loss of extremities. If you know you’re going outside for a while make sure you bundle up. If you’re out in the cold and feel like you’re getting frost bite move to the warmth as soon as possible.
  • Hypothermia– Hypothermia is the condition of having an abnormally low body temperature. A normal body temperature is 98.6. When hypothermia occurs the body temperature has fallen below 95. You’ll know you have mild hypothermia when you are shivering, dizzy, hungry, breathing fast, feeling nauseas, have slight confusion, fatigued, increased heart rate and lack of coordination. If you feel hypothermia coming on go indoors and if you need to be outside put more layers on.
  • Weakened immune system– When your body is cold there is a shortage of blood supply to the extremities. This is done to preserve body heat in the bodies core and head. The reduction of blood flow causes a reduction in white blood cells, the disease fighting cells. Long story short, when its cold your body can’t fight diseases as well as it could when its warm. Sickness you’re likely to get during cold months are the flu, colds, sore throat and norovirus (the winter vomiting bug).
  • Depression/Seasonal affective disorder– Seasonal affective disorder is a depression that begins in the fall and continues throughout the winter months. During the winter months days are shorter, giving us less sunlight. This can disturb your biological clock, cause your bodies serotonin levels to drop and disrupt the bodies levels of melatonin, all causing you to feel depressed.

While the cold months are among us make sure you are taking precaution, especially when it comes to being outside. Dress warm, don’t stay outdoors longer than needed and do whatever else it takes to stay warm and healthy!

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YOGA- Meditation

The Truth About Yoga

On February 25, the hospital will be hosting a wellness activity focusing on yoga. The first class will be held at 10 am at the billing office and the next will be held at 1 pm at the hospital’s meeting room. Bring your yoga mat or towel and come learn more about yoga and experience for yourself what it can do for you!

Yoga is “any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquillity, etc…” (dictionary.com). People who aren’t familiar with yoga tend to think it’s bending your body in crazy ways and shapes–which it definitely can be! But the truth is there’s so much more to yoga. Yoga keeps us physically and mentally healthy. It helps us journey inward to understand ourselves better. It helps us find peace and serenity in our lives.

I’ve been practicing yoga for over four years now and have come across many people who are intimidated by yoga. Something I often hear is, “I’m not flexible enough to practice yoga.” Or, “yoga is only for girls.” Although I can understand these sentiments, I have to say I disagree! “If you can breathe, you can do yoga”, Krishnamacharya used to say. He is often referred to as “The Father of Modern Yoga”

Yoga is about progression. Not only is it about physical progression, the excitement of perfecting new asanas or poses is motivating and exhilarating. But it’s also about mastering your thoughts, learning how to quiet your mind in the midst of a bustling world after a hectic day. As you move from pose to pose, you are always breathing and focusing on your inhales and exhales. This is what helps calm your mind. It can help destress, calm depression and anxiety, and can make you happier.

There are so many ways we can practice yoga, it doesn’t matter if we have five minutes or an hour and half. You can do yoga whenever and wherever as there are various mediums of practicing. You can go to a class, you can look up videos on Youtube, or you can read books on yoga. I personally follow a lot of yoga instructors on social media and try to figure out how they get into certain poses. No matter how you choose to learn, I promise if you give it an honest try that you will see an improvement in your life.

 

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