3 Quick Tips to Strengthen Your Heart Muscle
Your heart, like any other muscle in your body, requires care and maintenance to function at optimal levels. Here are a few tips to strengthen your heart and keep it healthy and efficient, dramatically improving your quality of life.
Know Your Cholesterol for a Healthy Heart
Cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body, serving several necessary bodily functions. But too much cholesterol in the blood is a major risk for coronary heart disease (which leads to heart attack) and stroke.
Exercise Tips for a Healthy Heart
We've been told again and again that regular exercise is a major component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But, sometimes, it's hard to get motivated. Here are some tips for exercise success, from the American Heart Association.
Eating Smart for a Healthy Heart
Studies show that heart health and your diet are intricately linked. This is why it is important to make smart daily food choices. In our Eating Smart for a Healthy Heart series, we focus on new topics each month for a heart-healthy diet.
Manage Stress for Heart Health
Stress sets off a chain of events in the body, causing your heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise, potentially damaging artery walls. Taking steps to manage stress could prevent heart disease and give you a greater sense of well-being. Here are four simple techniques for managing stress.
5 Helpful Activities to Manage Stress
For some people, stress can interfere with daily activities and, in turn, affect overall health. To combat that, there are several stress management activities you can do to drastically improve your sense of well-being. Here are five simple activities you can do when you're feeling particularly anxious.
Maintain a Healthy Weight for Heart Health
Being overweight or obese increases your risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. In the following article, we discuss how to measure your body mass index (BMI) and provide suggestions for weight loss.
Monitor Your Blood Pressure for a Healthy Heart
High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Because it typically has not symptoms, it's important to know your numbers to determine if you're at risk. The following chart reflects blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.
How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels
Cigarette smoking causes about 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States each year. It's the main preventable cause of death and illness in the United States. Smoking is a major risk factor for many cardiovascular diseases and lung cancers. Learn how your heart and blood vessel structure and function are impacted by smoking.
Why You Should Quit Smoking Now
Smoking raises your risk for health conditions and diseases not only for you, but also for your surrounding loved ones. There isn't a better time to quit than now. Here are five major benefits associated with kicking the habit.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Scott & White Health.