MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - February is American Heart Month. The CDC has some tips on how to monitor heart health, as well as some advice on how to keep your heart healthy.
The CDC suggests that you should ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be, set a goal, and track your blood pressure over time to make sure you're working to meet or stay on that goal.
They also mention that a healthy diet plays a major role in heart health. According to the CDC website, "choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods." They also mention that limiting salt (sodium) can help lower blood pressure, and lowering sugar can help lower blood sugar levels to help prevent or control diabetes.
A healthy weight also plays a part in keeping your heart healthy. If you're overweight or obese your risk for heart disease increases. Doing some moderate or intense exercise like walking, bicycling, or jogging every week can help you maintain a healthy weight.
If you smoke, quit. Cigarette smoking does increase your risk for heart disease. Quitting will lower that risk. Alcohol can also raise your blood pressure.