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Habits for a Healthy Heart

Health

Created by: Amani Ramiz, Charles Liu, and V. Wang

Together, we can learn about what the heart does and why it’s important to take care of it.

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Health Heart Overview

Health Heart Diets

Smoking and Alcohol’s Impacts on the Heart

Importance of Physical Activity

 

A Heart Health Diet

  • Foods high in fat content cause cholesterol build-up in the form of plaques. These plaques make it harder for blood to travel throughout the body
  • Eat vegetables, fruit, and whole grains for good nutrients and fiber
  • Reduce salt intake to avoid problems with high blood pressure. This will lower the risk of heart disease because your heart won’t have to work as hard.

Smoking and Alcohol

  • Smoking increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other diseases. It is best to avoid and/or stop smoking!
  • Too much alcohol over a long period of time can increase blood pressure and damage your heart muscle.
    • Men should limit themselves to 2 alcoholic drink per day. Women should limit themselves to 1 alcoholic drink per day.

Physical Activity

  • Staying active not only strengthens the body, but your heart as well. A strong heart can more efficiently pump blood and nutrients through the body.
    • Aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day, 5 days per week.
  • Exercises which can be done socially distanced:
    • Yoga
    • Brisk walking (indoors or outdoors)
    • Body-weight exercises (push-ups, squats, planking, lunges)
    • Dancing

 

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