We are all aware how important it is to take good care of our bodies. We know we need to eat right, exercise, and do things that aren’t good for us, like drinking, in moderation. But how many of us take an active role is making sure that our hearts are as healthy as they can, and should, be?
One of the easiest ways to help our bodies be in the best shape it can be is to make sure that we are eating a healthy and balanced diet. If you are worried about your heart, whether it is because of an appointment you had with your doctor, or because you have a history of heart complications in your family, then you should focus on eating a heart-healthy diet.
Heart-Healthy Foods for Your Diet
There are many foods out there are considered to be “heart healthy” and incorporating them into your daily diet is easier to do than you might think. Salmon, nuts, and seeds all offer fatty acids that your heart, and brain, require. Oatmeal, citrus fruits, and blueberries also fall into this category and are incredibly easy to make for your breakfast every day. Even red wine, green tea, and dark chocolate are heart healthy foods, and when consumed in moderation, will help maintain the health of your heart.
Exercising is another great way to preserve your heart health because over time you enlarge your left ventricle which will lower your resting heart rate and make your heart not have to work as hard. If you are a runner then while you are running your body is working extra hard to get blood to the muscles you are currently using – your legs – and this increases your blood flow. Over time your heart learns to compensate for this, and this is how your ventricle is enlarged.
As with all things, though, it is important to remember that you can over train and stress your body out.
Even those of us that do everything we are supposed to do end up needing to see a doctor at some point or another. If you have met with your doctor, it is important to follow the directions that they have given you when it comes to your heart, and overall, health.
Every patient is different and will require a unique approach to their health care needs. Our health care needs do not fall into cookie-cutter routines, and that is something that Dr. Aarush Manchanda, MD heart specialist recognizes and advocates.
You should have the ability to have an open dialogue with your doctor about what your diagnosis is and what their game plan to treat you is. It is critical that you feel comfortable talking to your doctor about what is going on with your health care plan because while they might be the doctor, it is still your body. That is one great thing about heart specialists is that they take great care to acknowledge that there is no set plan when it comes to caring for your heart.