Why do we have a month dedicated to heart health? Because the more you know, the lower your risk is for heart disease! Did you know that your heart beats 100,000 times a day for you?? It pumps blood to every cell of the body through 60,000 miles of blood vessels! Now that is a lot of work. So how can you take care of this magnificent muscle?
- Increase your heart rate with activity. Your heart is a muscle, it needs to be challenged like any muscle, to stay strong. When you exercise the heart must work harder. Regular exercise keeps the heart strong. Get outside and walk the dog or invest in a treadmill to use while binge watching your favorite TV show. Strength training is also good for your heart.
- Choosing to eat a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal. You are likely to see positive changes in your waistline as well as your heart health when you incorporate more vegetables.
- Take measures to manage stress and mental health. Anxiety, anger, and depression unmanaged, can lead to irregular heart rate, increased blood pressure, and reduced blood flow to the heart. Ways to combat these feelings and experiences, a shift in focus from pessimism to gratitude, being aware of your sense of purpose and your importance not only to yourself but to others.
When the unexpected occurs: You may not be able to anticipate all medical situations or emergencies that could arise now, or in the future, BUT you can certainly prepare for the unexpected. Have a Medical Power of Attorney, also known as a Patient Advocate, HIPAA Waiver, and a thoughtful plan in place can help you and your loved ones, avoid a crisis situation and ensure that needs and preferences are known ahead of time and communicated at the right time to the right people.
How we can help: At Schluter & Hughes Law Firm, PLLC our team of Attorneys and Care Coordinators can walk with you thoughtfully through the process of preparing the appropriate documents to help you and your loved ones manage the “Thunderstorms of life” and offer an umbrella. Our holistic approach and dedicated professions offer situation-based supports. To hear more about our concierge type services, please contact 248-692-7392 or go to our website: www.schluterhugheslaw.com.
*Source: 28 Amazing Facts About Your Heart – Cleveland Clinic[i]