These recommendations are not only good for heart health but also good for overall health and well-being. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not always an easy thing.

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Many people don’t even know where to start. Starting with one or two of the above suggestions is a good way to start. Seeking the help of a health professional is recommended and the smart way to get started.

Maintain normal cholesterol

Diet, as well as exercise, can help reduce cholesterol levels. Omega 3 fatty acids, soluble fiber and avoiding hydrogenated fats are also helpful.

Quit smoking

Smoking causes 1 out of 5 deaths in the US. It increases the risk of stroke and heart attack, as well as, lung disease, cancer, osteoporosis and eye disease. Hypnosis and acupuncture can be helpful.

Exercise

The National Institute of Health recommends four types of exercise; endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Do a combination of them because each of them is important in its own right.

Stress control

Controlling stress is a key to mental as well as physiological health. There are many ways to decrease stress including meditation, visualization, biofeedback, breathing exercises, and yoga. Finding the one or two that resonate and fit in a schedule is the key.

Decrease sodium intake

Many foods contain a high sodium level. Learn to check the labels and reduce your salt intake. The recommended daily intake of sodium is 2,300 milligrams or less.

Healthy weight

In general, as one ages muscle and metabolism decrease while body fat increases. Eating a healthy balanced diet and maintaining a regular exercise routine are two of the main ways to maintain a healthy weight and BMI.

Questions about staying “Heart Healthy”? Ask Dr. Perillo!