Heart Healthy Eating & Living

At Bay Area Heart Center, we want you to enjoy a healthy life without the worry of heart disease. Because it is the leading cause of death for both men and women, we focus on prevention education, helping you reduce your risk of cardiovascular conditions including hypertension and carotid artery disease. A healthy lifestyle and nutritious diet are your greatest tools in maintaining cardiovascular health.

Nutrition Tips for a Healthier Heart

The American Heart Association (AHA) has recommended dietary guidelines that promote cardiac fitness by maintaining healthy cholesterol, lipid, and blood pressure levels. These include consuming a diet rich in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes as well as low-fat dairy, fish, and skinless poultry.

The AHA recommends reducing consumption of “nutrient-poor” foods, such as processed or refined foods, that are higher in calories and devoid of nutrients. You should also limit intake of sugar, sodium, saturated fats, and trans fats as well as red meat, opting for lean cuts.

Support Your Cardiovascular System With a Healthy Lifestyle

In addition to a heart-healthy diet, there are many steps you can take to help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease or to help manage your cardiovascular condition.

One of the most important factors in maintaining heart health is staying active. A sedentary lifestyle contributes to excess weight, which increases your risk of heart disease. Your doctor can recommend specific activities that are safe for you to do depending on your health. Ideally, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes exercising five to seven days per week and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI).

Research has determined that a moderate use of alcohol, no more than one to two drinks daily, may be safe for most people. Quitting smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, as well.