5 ways to preserve your heart health this year

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This post is brought to you in partnership with CaroMont Health. All opinions are our own.

February is National Heart Month, and we at CharlotteFive have teamed up with CaroMont Health to provide tips on how to keep your ticker going strong.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, but these tips will help you minimize your risk and live a long and healthy life.

Stop smoking.

We have known about the risks of smoking for decades now, and there has never been a better time to quit. Not only does smoking double your risk for heart disease, but it also makes it three times more likely that you will experience a stroke. Join us in a smoke-free, heart-healthy new year.

Take your mental health seriously.

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to downplay issues like depression, anxiety or increased stress. But recent studies have shown that people who suffer from mental health problems may be at a higher risk for heart trouble. Take more “me time,” slow down your daily routine, and talk to your doctor about anxiety and depression relief.

Shun the sedentary life.

Most of us have jobs that require us to sit, it’s true. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t take some time each day to stand up, move around, take a walk or otherwise engage in a bit of activity. Studies show that sitting down, which CaroMont Health’s Director of Wellness Debbie Bellenger has called “the new smoking,” can lead to increased weight gain and heart disease.

Practice good eating habits.

It’s a recurring joke among many comedians that Americans do not eat healthy foods (think Jim Gaffigan’s Hot Pocket and McDonald’s routines). But there are simple ways you can improve your diet. Two important steps are reducing the amount of salt you put on your food and decreasing the amount of alcohol you consume. Replacing some of that alcohol intake with water is like a double-whammy of good eating habits.

Stay on top of hand washing.

An often overlooked aspect of heart health is that it can be compromised by simple sicknesses like the flu or a cold. One simple way to reduce the risk of heart disease is to wash your hands often and practice good hygiene. If the germs aren’t good for your hands, they’re not going to be good for your heart!

Take some time this February to remember that this is National Heart Month and your heart is important. You owe it to yourself to protect your cardiovascular system. Our friends at CaroMont Health would like nothing better than to see a reduction of heart problems in the area, so let’s get cracking. When it comes to heart health, it starts with you and me.

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