Cardiology: Tips for a Heart Healthy Lifestyle – Essentia Health

Cardiology: Tips for a Heart Healthy Lifestyle – Essentia Health


[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: I think the
number one thing that I can tell my patients
to really help them have a tremendous impact on
their heart health is to move. Just move. And for most people,
it’s incorporating maybe 10, 15 minutes
of physical activity into their daily
routine and then try to build that up to
the recommended 30 minutes of daily activity. The other thing that we often
see are people who are smokers, and I counsel
everybody every time I see them to consider cutting
back or quitting smoking. There are diet
changes that you can make that will reduce
your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The DASH diet and the
Mediterranean diet have been the ones
that have been proven. Those include making sure
you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, reducing
the sodium intake to less than 2 grams
per day, and limiting the amount of red meat
and dairy that you eat.