While heart disease is a gradual, lifelong process that you cannot see or feel, you can make lifestyle changes to help prevent heart problems so you can enjoy a healthier life in the years to come. Here are five tips from Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake:
Eat healthy. A healthy diet includes a variety of grains (especially whole grains), fruits and vegetables. Opt for foods low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugar and salt.
Exercise regularly. As little as 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week is all you need to protect heart health.
Don’t smoke. The risk of having a heart attack is six times higher for smokers compared to nonsmokers, with the chances increasing depending on the number of cigarettes smoked daily.
Maintain a healthy weight. A weight loss of just five to 10 percent of current weight can help lower the risk for heart disease. Gradual weight loss of one-half to two pounds per week is recommended to ensure long-term success.
Attend a free cardiac screening. You also can take advantage of a free preventive cardiac screening at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. The baseline screening includes a blood cholesterol check (by blood draw), blood pressure monitoring, weight evaluation, and personal health assessment by a nurse.
- Date: Saturday, September 26
- Time: 8:00 to 9:45 a.m.
- Cost: Free, but space is limited and reservations are required.
Make your reservation today. Call 866-764-3627 to reserve your appointment.
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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218