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Posted on: February 10th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
February is American Heart Month. Use this as motivation to get your ticker into great shape.

February is American Heart Month. Use this as motivation to get your ticker into great shape.

Love is in the air throughout the month of February. How about showing some love to your heart? February is a good time to take a look at how well you are treating your ticker. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in developed countries. But there are some things you can do to keep your heart healthy. LA Medical has some tips that will help you understand the lifestyle changes you can make to prevent heart disease.

Manage diet and weight – Poor diet and exercise habits often lead to obesity which can be damaging to the heart.

Quit smoking – Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your body, including your heart. Smokers often develop heart disease decades earlier than they otherwise might. In addition to heart disease, you also increase your risk for cancer, lung disease and premature aging.

Manage cholesterol – Blood lipids, like cholesterol, are important factors in cardiac risk. Maintaining a healthy balance between diet, lifestyle and medications will help keep cardiac risk low. Your cholesterol levels should be tested at least every five years.

Control Your Blood Pressure – High blood pressure is common and often comes with no symptoms. This means it is vital that you have it checked on a regular basis. You can check your blood pressure at a pharmacy, doctor’s office or drug store.

Control Blood Sugar – Diabetes, metabolic syndrome and other insulin resistance disorders lead to high blood sugar in addition to other metabolic problems. These all increase your risk of heart disease.

If someone in your family has heart disease, you are more likely to develop it as well. But by taking some measures to keep your heart healthy, you can greatly decrease your chances. If you need to make some lifestyle changes, don’t become overwhelmed. Take it slow. Each small step you take is one step closer to a healthy heart. LA Medical wants you to take care of yourself and we believe you can! We have different products that can help you do so. Check out our online catalog for solutions to your health-related needs.

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