What Changes Can Someone Concerned With Heart Disease Make in Their Life?
You have good reason to be concerned with heart disease. One in four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease. At greatest risk are those who have a poor diet, suffer from diabetes, or are inactive or overweight. There are positives to take away from this, though. Those at risk for heart disease can take steps to mitigate their chances of developing the disease. Diet, exercise, and medical intervention can go a long way towards helping people reclaim their lives and their health. We’ll discuss these changes in greater detail below. For assistance preventing or treating heart disease, schedule an appointment with Jesal V. Popat, M.D., FACC, a top cardiologist in Tampa.
We know this change may not be the most welcome one, but it could be your greatest chance of preventing or mitigating heart disease. A low-fat, low-sodium diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can lower your risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. We’ve spoken at length about the many benefits of switching to a plant-based diet. We know that making this transition isn’t going to be easy — we all have our guilty pleasure snack — but the advent of food delivery services, as well as supermarkets that cater to healthy foods, will make it easier.
Exercise can be nearly as impactful on heart health as proper nutrition. As mentioned above, many at risk for heart disease lead sedentary lifestyles (understandable considering how often people are behind a work desk). If you’re one of these people, know that you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) make drastic changes overnight. Start with something small and achievable. Something as simple as going for a walk every day can lead to lasting change. Exercise can help you achieve a healthy body weight, increase muscle mass, strengthen your bones, and reduce your risk of injury. Just be sure to have a cardiologist in Tampa clear you for exercise.
The above-mentioned lifestyle changes can have an incredible impact on a person’s heart health; there’s no doubt about it. But making these changes can be incredibly challenging, and, unfortunately, many people falter on their path to a healthier lifestyle. Additionally, many of these people may already be in need of medical assistance due to the progression of their heart disease. That’s why it’s important to remember that a cardiologist can and should assist you as you make these lifestyle changes. Dr. Popat can be there to support you and monitor your heart health as you take on an improved diet and exercise routine. For support as you work towards a healthier lifestyle, call Dr. Popat today.
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