Here are 5 most important things you can do to look after your heart.
Give up smoking
If you’re a smoker, quit. It’s the single best thing you can do for your heart health.
Smoking is one of the main causes of coronary heart disease. A year after giving up, your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
You’re more likely to stop smoking for good if you use NHS stop smoking services. Visit the Smoke-free website or ask your GP for help with quitting.
Getting and staying active can reduce your risk of developing heart disease. It can also be a great mood booster and stress buster.
Do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. One way to achieve this target is by doing 30 minutes of activity on five days a week. Fit it in where you can, such as by cycling to work.
Manage your weight
Being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease. Stick to a healthy, balanced diet low in fat and sugar, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, combined with regular physical activity.
Find out if you are a healthy weight with the BMI calculator. If you’re overweight, try our 12-week weight loss plan.
Eat more fiber
Eat plenty of fiber to help lower your risk of heart disease aim for at least 30g a day. Eat fiber from a variety of sources, such as wholemeal bread, bran, oats and wholegrain cereals, potatoes with their skins on, and plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Talk to a Medical Professional
If you’re experiencing any heart related health problem, come visit Integra Urgent Care for non-life threatening issues. You don’t have to wait in long lines at a hospital emergency room when you can check in online. Our caring trained professionals are here to help you and your family when you need it most. Drop by one of our convenient locations in Grand Prairie, Weatherford, and Las Colinas to learn more about our urgent care services.