Spotlight on Health – February
February is the month where we become focused on the heart. Leading up to Valentine’s Day, stores are covered in hearts, valentines, stuffed animals and chocolates. It’s the time when you show your significant other how much you care.
This is also the month to show your heart some love by practicing good health habits. Approximately every 20 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack. And cardiovascular disease continues to be the number one killer in the U.S. You can start taking healthy steps now to prevent or manage heart disease. At UAMS, we hope that these tips will help you from becoming one of these statistics.
Living Healthy Newsletters
February is Heart Health Month. Our Living Healthy Newsletters will be dedicated to helping you keep your heart healthy. More than 2,500 American die from heart disease each day. At UAMS, we want to keep you informed so that you can make heart healthy habits.
This month’s wellness and fitness and women’s health newsletters will both provide tips and helpful information to prevent or manage heart disease whatever your case may be.
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Podcast – Here’s to Your Health
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Preventing Heart Disease
- Eat Healthy – Eat foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber to prevent high blood cholesterol. Also think about limiting salt or sodium to lower high blood pressure.
- Exercise Regularly – Being active has many benefits, including lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure. It’s recommended that adults should be active at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
- Don’t Smoke – If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If do you smoke, putting down cigarettes will lower your risk for heart disease. Talk to your doctor, who can give you healthy solutions to kick the habit.
Are you looking for healthy sweet treats in time for Valentine’s Day? Try our brownie kisses or chocolate brownies with a coffee kick. Try this nice Valentine’s Day dinner recipe: heart healthy chicken and mushroom pasta.
Looking for more healthy recipes? Visit our health library, which will provide you with recipes to prepare many full meals that meet most dietary needs. See our library
Cardiovascular: Heart Smart
When Essie Ashford arrived at UAMS, her left main coronary artery was so critically narrowed that she immediately needed a stent procedure just to survive long enough to make it into surgery.