It’s American Heart Month!
- Posted on: Feb 15 2017
As much as we focus on vein health, we find it important to also support our patients in living the healthiest lives possible. In honor of American Heart Month, we are offering a 3 not-so common tips on how to keep the ticker strumming along at a healthy pace. A healthy heart means a greater capacity for regular physical activity, and physical activity promotes strong veins. It’s a win-win, really!
- Reach for the fats. Dietary recommendations vary so much that it can be difficult to know how to shop from one day to the next. Reaching for high-fat foods may seem counterproductive to heart health. Here’s the trick: avoid trans fats and add healthy fats to your plate. How do you differentiate? An easy way is simply knowing that most packaged foods are loaded with trans fats. Trans fats are outlined in the nutrition label, and you want that to read 0. Examples of healthy fats include avocados and coconut oil, which can be used for cooking, in coffee, or in smoothies.
- Remember to floss. Many people still regard their oral health as just that, when data suggests that healthy teeth and gums are vital to a healthy body. Heart health, in particular, has been directly associated with the state of the gums. This is because infected gums lead to elevated C-reactive protein in the blood, and this inflammation in blood vessels increases the risk for heart disease as well as stroke. In addition to brushing and flossing every day, it is important to obtain regular checkups and cleanings.
- Get moving. Physical activity, versus sitting for long periods, promotes a healthy heart. People in sedentary jobs are at a significantly higher risk for cardiovascular problems than those who move more frequently. Even if your job requires you to sit for several hours a day, you can get up every so often and take a short walk. If you are stifled in a cubicle or office, at least stand up and shake out the legs, do a few jumping jacks, or move your body in a way that gets your blood pumping.
In our Columbia vein clinic, we offer a variety of services to remove spider veins and varicose veins. Learn more about your treatment options at (803) 253-8667.