How to follow a heart healthy diet

A healthy lifestyle is one of the strongest weapons in the fight against heart disease. Following a heart healthy diet is a must if you have a personal or family history of heart disease. But even if you don’t have that background, starting a heart healthy diet is a great way to benefit your overall health. Let’s learn what foods are best along with some tips for making a heart healthy diet part of your normal routine.

It's not just how much you eat - it’s what you eat

Oftentimes when people hear the word “diet” they think of portion control. Portion control is certainly an important part of eating healthy, but if that’s your only focus you’re missing the mark. Your body needs key minerals, protein and nutrients and eating the right balance of them can help you control your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Eat an overall healthy diet that emphasizes:
  • a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • whole grains
  • low-fat dairy products
  • skinless poultry and fish
  • nuts and legumes
  • non-tropical vegetable oils

Limit saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. If you choose to eat red meat, compare labels and select the leanest cuts available.

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What is a stress test


Your doctor has ordered a stress test. This is a very common diagnostic test of heart function - a way for doctors to see just how hard your heart works when your body is working its hardest. A stress test might be done do the doctor can evaluate your overall health or if you are showing signs of coronary distress. If you've been told you need a stress test or treadmill test, you might be wondering what to expect, how to prepare, and what happens next.

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Heart disease in women: how to reduce your risk


Did you know that more women than men die from heart disease each year? women and heart disease In fact, the American Heart Association notes that heart disease is the number one killer of women each year. Unfortunately, too many women downplay their symptoms of potential heart disease or don't realize the problems they are feeling are related to their heart. Heart disease symptoms and risk factors for women are very different than for men. Many women think they don't need to worry about heart health until they are over 65 but this is simply not true - especially if there is a family history of heart disease. Women of all ages need to take their heart health seriously. Let's take some time to highlight common heart disease risk factors for women and learn how women can reduce their risk of heart disease.

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