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Matters of the Heart

January 30, 2023
Elderly woman checking her watch to read her heart rate.

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, and what better time to give it some love than during the month of February? As we enter American Heart Month, we’ve got all the info you need on how to keep your heart healthy and happy—and, if your ticker isn’t ticking the way it should be, we happen to know a few people who can help with that.

Heart health is important for everyone.

First, it’s crucial for you to understand how good heart health matters for the human body. Men, women, and even children can benefit from taking care of this vital organ. The heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body, and if you don’t take care of it, you can develop a number of health problems. 

Luckily, taking good care of your heart doesn’t require much. Good food, good exercise, and good choices go a long way.

Heart-healthy food options.

There are plenty of amazing foods and recipes that are perfect for maintaining a healthy heart. Since the weather is still cold, and we’re in the middle of hearty soup season, give these delicious heart-friendly soup recipes a try. 

In addition to delicious soup recipes, other foods that are great for your heart include nuts, berries, and fish. Fish and nuts are rich in omega-3s, which increase blood flow and reduce your risk of blood clots. Berries, on the other hand, are filled with fiber and Vitamin C, which lower your risk of stroke and heart attack.

Simple exercises are all you need.

You don’t need some intense workout regimen to keep your heart healthy and happy. All you need are a few simple at-home workouts that will keep the blood flowing and get your heart pumping. Jump rope, running, jogging, sprinting, jumping jacks, and even dancing are all excellent cardiovascular workouts that will help take care of your heart—and you can do many of them from the comfort of your own home.

When it’s time for help.

If you’re concerned about your heart’s status, Hancock Health’s cardiovascular services are ready to serve you. You can get a heart scan for only $49, and all you need to get one is a physician’s referral. 

At the end of the day, what’s important is you listen to your heart. If you feel as though you may be at risk for heart disease due to smoking, preexisting conditions, family history, or something else, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with our cardiovascular experts today.

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