Weekly Health Note: Happy Heart Month

Posted on: February 19th, 2014

We just celebrated Valentine’s Day, and hearts everywhere were all aflutter. But love aside, are you taking care of your “ticker”?  If you want it to race when you see that special someone, or skip a beat when they say I LOVE YOU, then you have to take care of it (medically speaking).

So make sure you know your ABC’s of heart health:

  • Take an ASPIRIN every day. This will help thin your blood and decrease the risk of a heart attack or stroke. You need to speak with your doctor first and understand the risk of daily aspirin regime and the benefits.
  • Monitor your BLOOD PRESSURE. Any one will tell you it’s important to ‘know your numbers” meaning your BP, cholesterol, blood sugar and pulse. This information can save your life. If they are out of line, FIX THEM. Do what you know you are supposed to and you’ll feel better.
  • Check your CHOLESTEROL. This number can cause blockages in the blood vessels which lead to “the big one”.  Animal products are the main source of cholesterol. So more fruits and veggies are the way to go.
  • And “S” for STOP SMOKING. Need I say more?

So, love your heart and all that it stands for and you’ll both enjoy the day.

P.S.  If you must have chocolate – stick to DARK chocolate.  It’s better for your heart too.