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Staying Heart Healthy in the Winter - Part 2

November 28, 2012

In our previous post, we provided some advice on how to stay heart healthy in winter. Today, we will share some tips that are given by medical experts.

Get a flu shot

more tips for a heart healthy winterEverybody should get flu vaccination before the beginning of the flu season. This is especially essential if you are above the age of 65 and you have conditions that make you susceptible to heart disease, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Follow a healthy diet

Go easy on high-fat, high-sugar, and high-calorie foods during the holiday season. Eating healthy foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and unsaturated fats can help you reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and control your weight.

Dress warmly

Dressing warm does not help you maintain the right body temperature; it can also prevent hypothermia and heart failure. Wear clothes that can trap air and provide protective insulation, as well as hat, gloves, and winter shoes or boots to prevent heat from escaping through your head, hands, and feet.

Warm up before going outdoors

To maintain a consistent body temperature during winter, perform light exercise, such as stationary jogging, or dynamic stretching before you head outdoors.

Drink cocoa

Cocoa contains high amounts of heart healthy flavonoids and phenols, which can help your muscles recover after physical activity.

Make time to relax

It is important that you spend enough time relaxing during winter. Give yourself at least half an hour of “me” time every day, which you can spend listening to music, reading a book, or meditating. This will help you get rid of stress and rejuvenate your body and mind.

Our cardiologists can provide personalized advice to help you stay heart healthy in winter. Do not hesitate to contact us.

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New Patient Guide to North Ohio Heart and Ohio Medical Group