Doctors Advice from Web Medical Doctor
Heart Healthy News!
The science of health is always changing. Thus, we highlight some of the factors that relate to the goal of maintaining a healthy heart.
Dedicated to Exercise - Regular exercise is one of the most important things one can do to help achieve good heart health. Naturally your doctor must be the one to advise the nature and amount of exercise you should do. Walking is considered basic exercise for health but other aerobic and weight-training regimens can be fun and important for you as well. Thirty-minutes to one hour a day for at least 4 days a week is ideal under your doctor's advice
Check your Blood Pressure
As people age, blood pressure generally rises, especially systolic, the top number. It's vital that your doctor keep tabs on blood pressure to determine if you should be treated. Weight control, exercise and salt intake are factors you can control to help maintain a healthy blood pressure, one of the basic factors in supporting good heart health.
Mom was right about Fruits & Vegetables
Evidence continues to mount that the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet - both to help control weight and to get important phytochemicals from the greens, yellows, reds, oranges, purples and other colors of nature you get from a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. At least 5 servings per day. Then would be better for a heart-healthy diet.
You may need more Omege-3's
Most Americans don't get enough Omega-3 fatty acids. However, most of us get plenty of Omega-6 fatty acids in our salad dressings, cooking oils and other foods. So much so, the ratio between Omega-6 to Omega-3 in average diets is as high as 20 to 1.
Evidence continues to support use of statin drugs to significantly lower LDL cholesterol as well as to help fight atherosclerosis. Your doctor will determine if on of the statin drugs is indicated for your situation. Whether you use a statin drug or not, a healthy diet and exercise are essential.