February is American Heart Month. Are You Taking Care of Your Heart?

February 1st marks the start of American Heart Month, which aims to raise awareness about heart disease and the steps that you can take to avoid getting this disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, as it’s responsible for approximately 25% of deaths in this country each year.

As terrible as heart disease is, there are a number of easy steps that you can take to reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Below are 5 simple steps that you can take:

Exercise on a daily basis

It’s hard to muster the energy to go to the gym after a long day of work. However, simply getting a healthy dose of exercise doesn’t necessarily have to entail going to the gym for a couple hours. There are simple workouts you can do even while you’re at work. Even little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator will have a benficial impact on your health.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking can be a pretty lofty undertaking, but it’s a manageable task if you approach it correctly. Eliminating any “triggers”, or activities that go hand-in-hand with your smoking habit, from your daily routine, such as drinking or staying out late, will help make it much easier to quit. If you need additional help, contact our helpful providers at Synergy Immediate Care for a consultation. You may need additional counseling assistance or possibly even medication.

Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

A glass of red wine isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as evidence suggests that it can have an overall positive effect on your health. However, several glasses a night increases your blood pressure, which is directly tied with heart disease. Don’t drink every night and make alcohol serve as a reward for your healthy lifestyle changes.

Limit Your Red Meat Consumption

While a USDA-choice cut of steak may stand as the pinnacle of American cuisine, it has a very strong link to heart disease. Outside of its high calorie and fat count, red meat sets off a negative set of reactions in our guts due to microbes getting catalyzed by a nutrient called carnitine. These reactions are now believed to greatly contribute to the development of heart disease. Save your next steak night for a special occasion; don’t make it a staple on your weekly menu.

Get Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Checked By Seeing a Doctor

Visiting the doctor regularly is incredibly vital to living a long and healthy life. By allowing a physician to monitor your health, they can help provide you with the necessary advice and medication (if necessary) to lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure.

Here at Synergy Immediate Care, we provide primary care medical services 6 days a week, making it easy for patients with all schedules to find a time to see a physician. We measure our patients’ blood pressure with each visit to ensure no detrimental patterns are developing.

Call us at 703-942-5331 to schedule your appointment. Get on the right track by making these lifestyle changes today. We look forward to helping you live a healthier and happier life!

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