Coliseum Health System - February 01, 2016

February is National Heart Month and it’s a great time to remind everyone to listen to what your heart has to say. Because our hearts are literally what is keeping us alive, we should make sure we are paying attention! Too many of us abuse our hearts by the way we live our lives.

Here are a few tips that can keep your heart beating and keep you living life the way you should.

First, know your risks for heart disease and stroke. If you have a family history, you may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Talk to your family, and then let your doctor know if there is a history so appropriate diagnostic tests (like a stress test) can be ordered.

Take a healthy approach to life. Get up and get moving. Exercise works that most important muscle in our body while helping us reach and maintain a healthy weight. It also helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Eat a colorful diet of fruits and vegetables. Push away from the chips and consciously eat healthy. Keeping a food journal is a great way to see what you’re putting in your body on a daily basis. Eating good healthy food offers a plethora of benefits, decreasing risks associated with heart disease but also cancer, diabetes, and other debilitating diseases.

Laugh, love, and live well. You’ve heard that saying ‘it does my heart good’ when referring to a positive life event. Well, it really does. Positivity and humor keep us healthy in both mind and body.

Listen to your heart by getting screened. Screening won’t officially diagnose heart disease and stroke, but it is a great way to get an idea of your risk factors. A simple blood test can show your cholesterol levels, can let you know if you have high blood sugar levels, and so much more. It’s a great way for your heart to “speak” to you.

If you are intersted in a heart screening, Coliseum Medical Centers is hosting a FREE screening at Mabel White Baptist Church on Saturday, February 6 from 7am to 12 pm. Screenings can be done between 7am-11am and include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, BMI, and hip to waist ratios. Beginning at 9:30, speakers will present seminars on nutrition, exercise and other heart issues. Snacks will be provided as well! What a deal! This is a great way to celebrate Heart Month! Invite your friends to join you! To register for this screening, all you have to do is call Consult-a-Nurse at (478) 746-4646 and tell them you want to attend the “Listen to your Heart” event on Saturday, February 6!

Celebrate Heart Month by taking care of yours! If you want more information on heart health, or if you need a referral to a qualified cardiologist, Consult-a-Nurse can also help. You can reach Consult-a-Nurse by calling (478) 746-4646 or you can register online at coliseumhealthsystem.com/campaigns/listen-to-your-heart.