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February Is American Heart Month! Here's How You Can Participate

February Is American Heart Month! Here's How You Can Participate

Your Heart Will Thank You For Following These 5 Tips

February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease and promote healthy habits that can reduce the risk of heart-related illnesses. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, but it may be prevented with proper education and a healthy lifestyle.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is dedicated to promoting heart health and educating our community on ways to reduce the risk of heart disease. Here are some ways to support American Heart Month and give your heart health a high priority:

1. Make Changes to Your Diet

What you eat plays a significant role in your heart health. This month, make small changes to your diet by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet, reducing your salt intake, and limiting your consumption of processed foods. Maintaining good heart health requires eating a balanced, wholesome diet.

2. Implement an Exercise Regimen

Maintaining a healthy heart requires regular exercise. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day — whether it is a brisk walk, cycling, or swimming. Making exercise a part of your daily routine will strengthen your heart and reduce the risk of heart disease.

3. Monitor Your Blood Pressure

A significant risk factor for heart disease is high blood pressure. Make sure to check your blood pressure regularly and work with your doctor to maintain healthy levels. Simple lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress and salt intake, can help lower blood pressure.

4. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for good heart health. Make an effort to sleep for seven to eight hours each night. If you're having trouble sleeping, try practicing proper sleep hygiene, such as maintaining a consistent sleep routine, reducing exposure to screens before bed, and creating a relaxing sleep environment.

5. Get Educated

Education is key when it comes to preventing heart disease. Take the time to learn about heart health and the risk factors associated with heart disease. By educating yourself, you can make informed decisions about your health and take steps to reduce your risk of heart disease.

For heart health knowledge, we recommend the following educational tools:

Here for Your Heart Health at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

American Heart Month is an opportunity to focus on your heart health and learn ways to reduce the risk of heart disease. You can take charge of your heart health and live a longer, healthier life by changing your diet, exercising regularly, keeping an eye on your blood pressure, getting adequate sleep, and gaining knowledge.

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, we are committed to promoting heart health and educating our community.

Contact us today to learn more about our cardiology services and how we can support your heart health!