Heart Healthy Behaviors
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. But heart disease can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices and taking care of any heart health conditions you may have.
Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy
Exercising as little as 30 minutes each day you can reduce your risk of heart disease by helping you maintain a healthy weight and reducing cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Maintaining a healthy diet, including lowering fat and cholesterol intake, can help fight cardiovascular disease.
- Learn more about a heart-healthy diet from the North Kansas City Hospital nutritional counselors. This does require a physician referral.
- Use our Nutritional Needs Calculator to determine your specific daily nutritional needs.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. Use these tools to determine whether your weight is in a healthy range:
Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible to lower your risk for heart disease (and many other health conditions). Ask your health care provider to suggest ways to quit.
Limit Alcohol Use
Alcohol consumption can cause high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease. Drink moderately or not at all for best heart health.
Manage Your Health
If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a known heart condition, take charge of your health:
- Have your cholesterol checked at least once every five years.
- Monitor your blood pressure.
- Manage your diabetes by closely monitoring your blood sugar levels.
- Take your medicine and follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
- Work with your health care provider on a treatment plan for your specific needs and follow-up with regular check-ups and screenings.
Sources: American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Let Us Help
For over 20 years, Northland Cardiac Center at North Kansas City Hospital has provided leading-edge cardiac care and demonstrated a commitment to heart health in our community. Let us help you with your heart health needs and overall health goals.
Call 816-221-HEAL to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiovascular specialists or to find other health resources to meet your needs.