Seven Ways to a Healthier Heart

                                Heart disease and stroke are the worlds leading causes of death, claiming 18.6 million lives each year
September 29, 2022, is World Heart Day, a global campaign that encourages individuals, communities, healthcare providers, and governments to participate in activities related to heart health. The World Heart Federation, through education and awareness, fights against cardiovascular disease by encouraging heart-healthy living across the world.
The cardiac team within South Carolina & Georgia House Calls specializes in helping patients manage congestive heart failure, hypertension, and other related heart conditions and diseases. Remote Patient Monitoring is used extensively as a critical tool in monitoring the daily vitals of these patients.

1.	Thirst for Life:
Water is the best drink for overall health. When the body is dehydrated, it does not function as designed. Dehydration causes additional strain on the heart by beating faster to keep blood circulating. If you drink alcohol, limit consumption to no more than one drink per day for women and two for men.

2.	Clear the Air:
Tobacco is a controllable risk factor that should be avoided at all costs. Smoking leads to the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries, a significant cause of coronary heart disease leading to heart attacks and death. 

3.	Know Your Numbers:
High blood pressure, if left uncontrolled, can increase a person's risk for heart disease. According to the CDC, one in two adults has high blood pressure, and only one in four has it under control.

4.	Taking all the Right Pills:
Always follow your doctor's instructions when taking medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes treatment. Never stop taking any medications without first consulting your doctor.

5.	Moving On:
If you have a job where you sit at a desk for eight hours, make a conscious effort to take frequent breaks to get up and move throughout the day. Experts recommend an average person should have 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, along with muscle strengthening activities, at least two days a week.

6.	Watch the Middle:
Excess belly fat directly correlates to higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Being 
overweight forces your heart to work harder and puts a person at risk for developing other diseases like atherosclerosis, which can lead to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and heart attacks.

7.	Hitting the Sack:
Sleep is essential to heart health. Deep sleep allows the body to go into periods of lowered blood pressure and heart rate. Adequate rest is necessary for the body, and being sleep-deprived can hurt you in many ways, especially for staying heart-healthy.

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