Tips for a Healthier Heart

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Heart disease is a leading cause of death, but that doesnt mean you have to accept it as your fate. Dr. Edward Hill gives some helpful tips to live a healthier lifestyle in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You can avoid heart problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle today. Here are some heart disease prevention tips to get you started:

Kick the habit. Smokers are more likely to suffer a heart attack than non-smokers. The risk of chronic heart disease decreases 50 percent after the first year of smoking cessation, and within 15 years the relative risk approaches that of a lifetime non-smoker.

Exercise regularly. Inactivity increases the risk of chronic heart disease at a rate comparable to that of high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and cigarette smoking.

Maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight are more likely to develop heart disease, even if they have no other risk factors. So determine your healthy weight and take measures to get to it.

Check your cholesterol. People over age 45 should have their blood cholesterol checked annually.

Monitor blood pressure. Everyone over 18 years of age should have their blood pressure checked annually.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.